5L sq m land in Canacona identified for IIT-Goa

The state government has identified close to 5 lakh square meters of comunidade land in the villages of Shristhal and Poinguinim in Canacona taluka for the proposed IIT-Goa.

If this land is accepted by the central HRD ministry, classes at IIT-Goa could start from the 2017-18 academic year, said chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Thursday.

In an informal chat with journalists at the CM’s bungalow at Altinho, Panaji, Parsekar said the government will now write to the HRD ministry to inspect the land. While the ministry has specified a requirement of 15 lakh sq m of land for the IIT, the CM clarified that the state will be able to, at the most, provide 4-5 lakh sq m.

The ministry had earlier this year rejected the state government’s proposal to locate IIT-Goa at Dhargal in Pernem taluka, because it fell short of the land requirement.

A government official told TOI that nothing on the IIT-Goa proposal will move forward till the land is finalized by the HRD ministry.