Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant visited a village in Sattari Taluka on Thursday to meet with tribals who oppose an IIT campus project in their area.
Sawant assured residents of Melualim village in the North Goa district that the project would only be implemented after gaining their confidence.
“We will form a committee of 15 people who will discuss the project with me. Any issues raised by locals during the project would be resolved, ”Sawant said.
Villagers, however, refused to withdraw their agitation, saying their only request was for the state government to dislodge the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campus project from their village.
Sawant told the villagers that the state government was ready to rehabilitate those who would be affected by the project and that it would also regularize land titles, which have been pending for a long time.
The chief minister said the villagers would benefit from the project.
“Under no circumstances will we force the project on the people,” he said.
Residents opposed the project, under which the IIT campus is proposed to be installed on a 10 lakh square meter plot in the village of Melaulim.
When interacting with the Chief Minister, residents unanimously declared that they were not interested in resuming the project in their village.