Dialogue with villagers from Chimbel holds key to IT park

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The authorities will try to talk villagers from Chimbel into accepting the proposed IT park project, which has been opposed by them.

Nilesh Phaldesai, managing director, Infotech Corporation of Goa, said on Wednesday that discussions would be initiated with the villagers who are against the proposed IT habitat.

“We will try to look for a solution to the problem to push through the project,” he said.

The Chimbel gram sabha has rejected the IT park with three other projects.

Officially, however, nothing has been received from the village panchayat regarding rejection of the project at the recent gram sabha, and talks with the villagers can only commence after receiving communication, he said. According to Phaldesai, the project is on schedule.

The IT park is part of the government plan to develop IT industry but the Chimbel gram sabha rejected it recently, and for the second time, because it is coming up on farmland.

Moreover, the villagers have alleged that they had not been taken into confidence.

The ICG, which is responsible for setting up the project, is planning to take an open stance to deal with the opposition from the Chimbel villagers, Phaldesai said.

IT industry in the state has given the thumbs up to the project and wants the government to execute it expeditiously.

While some stakeholders want the governments to take a strong stand others prefer a friendly approach.

MAIT vice-president Nitin Kunkolienkar said the government should be aggressive and take on opposition strongly. The project, he said, was necessary to attract outside IT companies to Goa and to create jobs.

Girish Bharne, associate vice-president, Persistent Systems, Verna, said the government must act firmly.

On the other hand, Sanjiv Nadkarni, member of IT committee of GCCI, pointed out that with IT being a non-polluting industry the opposition could be on account of some misunderstanding that needs to be “cleared”.

The Goa IT Professionals has favoured dialogue with the villagers to inform them on the benefits of the project.

Employment to locals is one of the concerns voiced at the gram sabha while rejecting the project, as fears are that it will not bring jobs to Chimbel’s youth.

According to Vincent Toscano, GITP, the project may not result in immediate jobs for locals, but in the long run it will. As Chimbel youth get better educated and skills updated they will benefit from the project, he said.

Jervis Pereira, director, Goa IT Innovation Centre, Verna, added that the IT park must be designed to give preference to local talent. It will create opportunities for Goan youth who are migrating to other states, said Pereira.

Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Dialogue with villagers from Chimbel holds key to IT park

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