IIT will make Goa a global educational hub

Panaji: Minister for Industries Vishwajit Rane on Friday said that the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) project proposed at Guleli-Sattari is a feather in the cap of Goa and it will bring one of the highest investments of Rs 3,200 crore to the state in the next four to five years.

Speaking to media persons, Rane said that the IIT campus will not only benefit Sattari and Usgao but the entire state and help project Goa on the international map as an educational hub.

He slammed those who are opposing the IIT, adding, “As long as I am the MLA of Valpoi nobody can stop the proposed IIT project at Guleli. There are some NGOs that are instigating the people to oppose the IIT project. But I can assure that opposition from such people cannot stop the project at Guleli-Sattari.”

The Minister said that a person has encroached upon one lakh square metre of land on Guleli plateau, which belongs to the revenue department and the government has already ordered an enquiry into it.

He also informed that 40,000 square metres of land of the proposed project would be spared as many people have been cultivating crops on it for many years.

“The project will bring the highest investment worth Rs 3,200 crore for the state of Goa in next four to five years. It will also create employment opportunities for Goan youth,” he added. [NT]