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

Reported by

Aditi PatilLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

March 9, 2021

Location of Conflict

Guleli

,

North Goa

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Education

(

)

People Affected by Conflict

1680

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

1000

ha

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.

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Private and Common

Type of Common Land

Forest and Non-Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

2200

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

Land Area Affected
(in Hectares):

1000

ha

Starting Year

2020

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

Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Directorate of Settlement and Land Records, Government of Goa

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

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