Welcome IIT; but with 3 caveats!

By Dr Oscar Rebello
26 September 2016 14:54 IST

I am in complete agreement with Dr. Nandkumar Kamat , on his views regarding the setting up of IIT at Loliem Canacona. 

This educational institution, of international repute, will be of immense benefit to Goa, with a tremendous economic spin off for the state. No question.

There are three caveats however for the project to cross the many opposition hurdles posed by the affected villagers of the taluka.

1) The government must explain sincerely the economic benefits that will accrue, to the state as a whole and Canacona in particular to the villagers, with a fool proof environment assessment study for the same.

However, with the double speak and rampant corruption engaged in by this government over the last five years, it may be easier to solve the Middle East crisis than address this problem, considering the credibility level of the government. 

2) There must be a total freeze on Goa's favourite pass time, around the proposed IIT viz. a slew of construction projects and hideous building monstrosities.

Real estate sharks must be kept far away to ensure that the character of the village is not destroyed.

3) The villagers must be given tangible and real-time guarantees on how they can be genuine stake holders in the project as regards jobs and their local economy, preferably with experts talking to them instead of some shifty slimy bureaucrat.

This "swarajya" business, which of course my party ( AAP ) proudly espouses, can be very tricky and can put you on a slippery slope. 

It's a tempting "weapon" (not the Laxmikant variety, of course) when in opposition but a dangerous double edged sword when one gets down to the boring job of governance.

The rules of the game must be clearly defined for both the PEOPLE and the ELECTED.                             

What Goa needs are solutions to her economic, environmental and political problems; not simply the articulation with enhanced lung power of the problems we are already familiar with. 

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Dr Oscar Rebello

Dr Oscar Rebello is one of the leading social activist of Goa and a practicing doctor. He led the historic peoples’ movement in 2006-07 to get the anti-Goa Regional Plan scrapped and save Goa from total destruction of Goa’s ecology and natural beauty. He is a Goa-based leader of Aam Aadmi Party. He is also a columnist.

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Loliem will develop after iit .now farmagudi is best example after formation of goa engg college.no problem occurs in same area after gec collrge. Also there r so many famous temples nearby.think loliem villagers for development

- Gopalkrishna p prabhugaonkar, Mashem | 26 th September 2016 21:30

 

I fully agree with Dr Oscar's observation. I would like to add that people who will lose land should be properly and adequately compensated as per market value and thru proper means and not by Mla or minister buying land and then selling it to Govt.

- Parag Hede , Panaji,Goa | 26 th September 2016 16:59

 

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