IIT-Goa is a once in decades opportunity for Canconcars to welcome this non-polluting large scale product that will put Cancona and Loliem on world map.
There is no other project as environment friendly has educational institute. There is no other project as lucrative as a government institution for jobs and secondary occupations. If a mere Medical college can transform Bambolim into a growing city IIT-Goa can transform Cancona into a thriving and livale urban area instead of pathetically backward region.
One needs to have IQ of a rock or moral fortitude of a toilet brush to oppose this project. Most of the opposition comes from the back that the project benefits someone else more than the opponents. This crab mentality (cliched term but cant find anything better) has kept the region poor for last 50 years and if sane people do not stop them in their tracks now opportunity for developing Canacona might be lost forever.
The more dangerous trend in the Goan villages is the false sense of entitlement for other people’s land. It is not just poor uneducated folks but even otherwise well meaning people like Rajan Parrikar who claim that Goa must be kept green forcibly because they love to see it green. It does not matter what the owner of that land thinks.
Contrary to what media paints the land of IIT-Goa does not belong to community or village. It belongs to a legal body called communidade. This body which has 100% ownership rights has wholeheartedly supported the project.
Ideally if there is rule of law in country this is where the matters must end but there is in thick and constant smoke screen being created that the rest of the village as any say in how communidade maintains its own lands.
Of course just because land belongs to party A does not mean party A can not interfere with the rights of Party B. If party A’s land has ground water, if it contributes to tributaries of major water streams etc. etc. Party A’s choices might affect entire village and in such situations party B consisting of such affected individuals could raise objections.
But democratic vote in a gram-sabha can not possible solve this technical issue. It must be left to the government organization which is acquiring the land and the government must be compelled to compensate all the affected people as well. In any case it is a technical decision needs to be take by government body and could be challenged in court if the affected parties are dissatisfied.
This process should not stop the government from going ahead with acquisition and setup all the bare minimum infrastructure that may not have any impact so far until the affected parties are satisfied.