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IIT-Goa campus will come up in South Goa: CM

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Panaji:After the land identified in Sanguem taluka of South District for setting up IIT-Goa campus was dropped, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said that the new land would be identified in the same district.

Sawant told reporters in Margao town on Monday that the IIT-Goa campus would be set up in South Goa and the search for the suitable land is going on.

“Search for the land is going on. IIT campus would be set up in South Goa,” the chief minister said.

The State government had earlier identified the land for setting up IIT-Goa campus at Shel, Melaulim village in Sattari taluka which was scrapped following violent protests by locals in the year 2021.

After Sattari, another piece of land was identified at Cotarli in Sanguem, which was dropped earlier last year as it was insufficient for the purpose.

The issue was discussed during the recently held Winter Session of Goa Legislative Assembly. Sawant had refused to reveal the area where the land is being identified fearing “unnecessary protests.”

He had said on the floor of the House that there is a group of people who have been going around opposing the land acquisition for IIT-Goa campus.

During the discussion in the House, Congress MLA Altone D’Costa representing Quepem Assembly segment (South Goa), had invited the State government to set up the IIT-Goa campus in his constituency.

He had said that there is a land at Betul in Quepem constituency which is available to set up the campus.

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