|November 30, 2015 at 1:17 pm #6047|
Villagers of Chimbel reiterated their opposition to the setting up of an IT-hub project, proposed by the government, on agricultural piece of land on Kadamba plateau, and have unanimously rejected it at a gram sabha held on Sunday.
The members got in a heated discussion over the project, raising concern over use of agricultural land for the project, and were sceptical about claims of employment to locals.
The members criticized the panchayat, especially deputy sarpanch, Chandrakant Kunkolker, alleging that villagers were misguided on the issue.
Kunkolker who chaired the meeting said that the panchayat was in the dark about the project, as it had not received any details from authorities.
“The government is going ahead with the project, and the panchayat is helpless”, he said. Villager Govind Shirodkar alleged that the government was imposing the project on villagers.
“The land has been traditionally cultivated by schedule tribe (ST) families for generations and such land should be protected for the benefit of such families,” Shirodkar said.
Local Tukaram Kunkalker alleged that agricultural land has been sold to the building lobby for Rs 1,000-1,500 per sq m under the guise of IT-hub.
The villagers criticized Infotech chairman and Sanguem MLA, Subhash Phal Desai, stating his assurances regarding benefits from the project, like a school, playground, library, were not backed by any details of an action plan.
The members also questioned the deputy sarpanch for not forwarding the earlier gram sabha resolution rejecting the project to the government. The members also suggested that the panchayat seek legal advice on the issue.
Source/Reference: Times of India, “Now, Chimbel villagers oppose IT project“