Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday met the villagers from Sattari taluka who are protesting against the IIT project which is coming up in their village.
The villagers during their meeting with the chief minister in Panaji expressed their worry over the land acquisition for the project. They claimed that their cultivable land was acquired for the project, leaving them with no source of income.
Local MLA and State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane was also present for the meeting.
The project spread over 10 lakh square metre of the land is proposed at Shel-Melauli and Guleli villages in Sattari taluka.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Sawant said that the state government has committed to the locals that they would be provided alternate land, if their land was acquired for the project.
He pointed out that State government has already de-notified 40,000 square metres of the land with two tamples in it, from the project proposal.
Sawant said that the villagers have been asked to approach State government with their “valid documents” to put up claim for the alternate land or any kind of compensation.
The chief minister said that IIT project is of a “national pride” and state government is ready to provide “any kind of compensation to the villagers to fulfill their demand.”
Sawant said that the claims of the villagers (for alternate land and compensation) would be processed on “fast track” basis, without delaying them any further.
To help the coordination between State government, District collector and the villagers, a four member committee of locals from those villagers was also formed during the meeting.
Sawant said that the infrastructure which would be built for the IIT would also be shared with the locals, which will benefit the community in a larger way.