IIT Goa Hits Roadblock Again, Residents Oppose Campus in Melauli, CM Firm

Reported by

Aditi Patil

Published on

March 9, 2021

March 9, 2021

Updated on

March 9, 2021

Location of Conflict

Guleli

North Goa

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Education

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People Affected by Conflict

1680

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

1000

ha

Starting Year

2020

State

Goa

Sector

Infrastructure

In July 2020, the Goa Cabinet cleared a proposal to allocate 10 lakh square metres of land in and around Melauli village under Guleli panchayat in north Goa for the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). Village residents have used this land for generations to cultivate cashews, which is one of their main sources of income. In November, the residents started protesting against the move. According to them, the opposition is not just to save their cashew plantations but also to preserve the biodiversity of the region. The Western Ghats, which stretches to areas that are included in the proposed site of the IIT campus, is a natural biosphere containing a very dense forest cover and endangered species of fauna.  In the most recent protests held in January 2021, a land demarcation attempt by Land Survey officials at the IIT project site in Melaulim was disrupted by protesting villagers. They pelted stones at the police, who resorted to lathicharge. At least 12 police personnel were injured in the clash. This is the third time people have opposed the setting up of an IIT campus in the state. The project was earlier moved out of Loliem and Cortali villages in south Goa following public protests. Damodar D. Naik, general secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Partys Goa unit, was quoted in a news report as saying: Somebody has taken the initiative to make the land fertile for these long years, and for that they deserve compensation, but quality education is also necessary for our nation. Accordingly, someone has to make a sacrifice. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant was confronted by villagers when he visited the project site. He estimated that some 500-1,000 people would get jobs with the new institute being set up and remained firm in his decision to go ahead with the project.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Opposition against environmental degradation

Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

Refusal to give up land for the project

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Forest and Non-Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

2200

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Legislations/Policies Involved

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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community? What was the decision of the concerned government department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

No items found.

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Name of the adjudicatory body

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Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

Physical attack

Whether criminal law was used against protestors

Reported Details of the Violation:

Protesters hurled stones, and the police responded with lathicharge. At least 12 police personnel were injured. Some women protesters claimed that an inspector had stamped upon the chest of an elderly woman during the clash.

Date of Violation

January 5, 2021

Location of Violation

Shel-Melaulim village

Nature of Protest

Armed protests

Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Directorate of Settlement and Land Records, Government of Goa

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