|January 5, 2019 at 10:51 am #8367|
Keen to overcome local opposition against the proposed IT Park project at Chimbel, the department of information and technology held a detailed discussion with members of Chimbel panchayat and zilla panchayat at the ministerial block to try and allay fears of the locals.
After sharing salient features of the proposed IT park, minister for IT and revenue Rohan Khaunte assured the panchayat that self-employment opportunities would be provided to residents of the village and that all environmental concerns would be addressed.
“The consultants are ready with the design and concept plan and we hope to start ground work before the monsoons once we get the people’s support,” said Khaunte. “We are taking up 10-12 acres of land for development for the Chimbel IT Park which will take 14 to 18 months for completion.”
Khaunte also announced that around three acres of land in Porvorim would be developed into an IT Habitat. Local MLA Tony Fernandes was also present for the meeting where concerns about the local environment and employment opportunities for locals were discussed.
“Today the entire plan for the IT Park at Chimbel was shown to the panchayat and we sought their feedback and suggestions. In the last three to four months we have found a lot of criticism against the IT Park without these people knowing what the project is about,” the minister said.
The panchayat members wanted to know if the Chimbel lake would be incorporated into the Chimbel IT park and if locals would continue to have access to the lake. The IT department plans to give a presentation on the Chimbel IT Park on January 11 for all ministers and MLAs.
Source/Reference: Times of India, “‘Chimbel locals will get jobs at IT Park’“