Parrikar: ready to shift IIT out of Canacona

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said that the state government is willing to shift India Institute of Technology (IIT) project out of Canacona if locals don’t want it. Currently IIT-Goa is functioning out of its temporary campus at Goa Engineering College (GEC).

He further mentioned the project can be shifted to anywhere else in Goa provided the land requirement of 250 acres is fulfilled. The CM said government’s willingness to shift does not mean it has given up on building a campus in Canacona.

The CM said, “The government has not given up the idea to setup IIT at Cancona but if around 250 acres of land is made available elsewhere government would think of shifting IIT that place.”

Parrikar said so while he was attending a function in Ponda to inaugurated Goa Vidyaprasarak Mandals’s (GVM’s) school building.

The CM asked, “if you have any land in Ponda taluka, you can tell me. I will send the team and inspect it. We will pay the landlords and will settle the tenants if any.”

IIT-Goa began to funtionaries last year. The proposed site in Canacona where it’s permanent campus was to be built saw locals opposing it.

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