By Accommodation Times News Service
State has enough land says CM; specifies that 70% land of SEZ promoters, another 35 lakh square meters plus one crore square meters of private land available; promoters have invested money so we should give some relief, says Manohar Parrikar, Goa Chief Minister
Chief Minister Parrikar announced what for long was known. 30 % of the land which was “illegally” allotted to developers for industrial plots in the then proposed Special Economic zone, will be still reserved for promoters, in a bid to get them to withdraw their litigation in the Supreme Court and surrender 70% of the land. The chief minister has therefore decided to cut his losses and get back close to three quarters of the locked land, rather than allow litigation in the Supreme Court to drag on, with little hope of de-freezing the land.
However this may fly in the face of a clear High Court order which over ruled any negotiation by the government with promoters since the SEZ notification itself is null and void. The only window of opportunity that the promoters and the government have is that the ruling has been challenged in the Supreme Court, though no order over turning the High Court order has been passed.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar announced on the floor of the assembly that the government was in talks with the promoters in a bid to unlock the 35 lakh square metres of land currently in litigation.
“Government is currently in talks with the SEZ promoters for mutual understanding. If they agree, 30 percent of land would be reserved for promoters, provided they carry out projects as per government demand and requirement. These promoters have invested money and they are waiting, so we will provide some relief,” Parrikar said
“Who said we don’t have land. Government will use 70 percent of the SEZ land for industrial purpose. Also the state has another 35 to 40 lakh square metres government land available which would be used,” he said. There is another over one crore square mtrs of private land, whose owners have shown interest to make it available for industrial development and tourism promotion, the chief minister said.
Meanwhile, the government has identified over 4.85 lakh square mtrs of land at Bambolim for setting up an All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Parrikar informed the assembly. The Union Budget has proposed setting up of IIT and AIIMS in Goa.