IT habitat to be discussed at Chimbel meet

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July 27, 2015 at 11:14 am #5796

With the growing resentment towards the government’s proposal to build an IT habitat on the Chimbel plateau, the local gram sabha on Sunday decided to hold a special meet next month to discuss in detail about the project.

Speaking to mediapersons after the gram sabha, Chandrakant Kunkalkolekar, deputy sarpanch of Chimbel village panchayat, said that the panchayat will hold a meeting of selected people to finalize the agenda for the special gram sabha.

Gram sabha member Tukaram Kuncolienkar moved the resolution demanding a special gram sabha to discuss the IT habitat project, which was unanimously passed at the meet. After moving the resolution, Tukaram pointed out that the earlier gram sabha had opposed the health city project at the same place as the land could be used as a playground and for other activities, as its the only open space left in Chimbel. He added that there is a need for proper planning before taking any decision on the IT habitat.

Recently, the chairman of the InfoTech Corporation of Goa, Subhash Phaldesai, met with members of the panchayat at his office in an effort to explain the project to them. Kunkalkolekar informed the gram sabha that Phaldesai told the delegation that only 2.5 lakh sq m of
the area would be acquired for the IT habitat.

He also said that Phaldesai informed the delegates that 80% of the jobs would be given to Goans and 20% jobs will be made available to the outsiders. Phaldesai assured the panchayat delegation that small contracts such as the supply of laterite stone, running of the canteen, etc, would be given to the local people, Kunkalkolekar said.

Gram sabha member Paul Fernandes demanded that the panchayat pushes for 25% reservation of jobs for locals of Chimbel.

Another member Datta Shirodkar, who claimed himself to be a tenant of the property in which the IT habitat is proposed, moved a resolution to know the survey in which the IT habitat is going to come up, whether the said area is classified under agriculture land on not and to provide details whether the land originally belongs to agriculture land
or not.

Earlier, Chimbel panchayat had also forwarded the resolution of the Chimbel gram sabha, rejecting the government’s proposal to build an IT habitat on the Chimbel plateau, as it was agricultural land and instead demanded that the area measuring 5 lakh sq m be utilized for cultivation.

On January 6, chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar had announced that the Rajiv Gandhi IT habitat project would be shifted from Dona Paula plateau to Chimbel plateau.

Source/Reference: Times of India, “IT habitat to be discussed at Chimbel meet

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