|January 21, 2016 at 6:16 pm #6130|
Except for the revenue generated through house tax, the Chimbel panchayat has no source of income by which it can take up development works in its areas. Of late, roads are being widened, and some constructions have come up. The villagers are confused as to whether the IT park will bring relief to them or lead to the valuable land of the village being taken away leaving them high and dry.
A member of the core group Manuel Vaz said that if IT-park comes up, it will benefit the villagers in many ways and also fetch revenue to the financially-hit panchayat. He said the chairman of Goa Infotech Corporation has promised that certain amount of income will be reserved for corporate social responsibility, which will be utilised for village development.
“The government has also promised to develop the lake and make it a tourist spot as it is very close to the Goa heritage monument sites. Subsequently, it will result in 24-hour water and power supply. IT projects will not harm the environment,” Vaz adds.
“People are opposing the IT park as the government failed to take panchayat and them into confidence. We can demand reservation in administrative jobs as there are no IT professionals in Chimbel,” Vaz said adding till date there is no community hall, health centre, playground, school and police station here.
“There is only 9 lakh square metres of land left with the panchayat. If IT park comes up, along with it small businesses, hotels, lodges, education hubs and subsidiary industries are surely going to be set up and this will lead to Chimbel’s development,” he added. Sarpanch Manisha Chopdekar said that unless the government declares its policy, and convenes a special meeting with the panchayat members, prominent people from the area and core group, nothing will come out.
Another villager said, “Large tracts of land have already been acquired by the government for the proposed project. We should see to it that the land is properly utilised and some jobs are reserved for Goans and in particular to the locals.”
He said, “presently our children go to Hyderabad and Bangalore for IT jobs as there are no opportunities available in the state. In such a situation, jobs should be reserved for the sons of the soil. Before taking a final decision, the government should consult prominent people, and convene a special gram sabha.”
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Chimbel residents feel IT park will lead to development“