|September 11, 2015 at 12:21 pm #5866|
In order to assure and convince the villagers of Chimbel, the department of information technology has decided to keep the villagers informed about the IT habitat project and to involve them in the decision-making process, Infotech Corp’s chairperson Subhas Phal Desai said.
“We have also assured them that all their suggestions will be taken into consideration and that 80% of employment opportunities from the park will be given to locals,” Phal Desai said.
The villagers responded to Phaldessai’s assurances by asking why the government had kept local villagers, including the panchayat body in the dark, if the IT habitat was beneficial to the state.
Phal Desai also said that the land had been transferred to the department of information and technology and that the work order for the consultant would be issued on September 11.
“We do not have space to build a village school, playground and community hall but it’s ironic that there is so much space for projects like the IT Park which in no way is going to benefit local villagers,” local lawyer Paul Fernandes said.
Goa State Schedule Tribes Association’s former president Pandurang Kunkalekar told Phal Desai that the hilly agricultural land as well as the orchard land around the I T Park originally belonged to the village schedule tribes and was being used for seasonal cultivation. TNN
Source/Reference: Times of India, “‘Will keep Chimbel locals in loop about IT habitat’“