PANAJI: Minister for Information and Technology Rohan Khaunte, on Friday, made a presentation on the plans for proposed IT parks at Chimbel and Porvorim to the media, and also released a White Paper on the proposed IT Park at Chimbel.
As per the White Paper, the proposed IT Park at Chimbel will not only lead to the development of the basic infrastructure in the village but will also ensure empowerment of villagers through skill development training.
Furthermore, as per Google map image, the lake, which some villagers were afraid of being ruined once the IT project comes up, is 400 meters from proposed project built-up area.
Addressing the media after the presentation, the IT Minister said that around 7000 jobs will be generated at proposed IT Park at Chimbel, and out of total acquired land, the actual project will come up on 12 acres of land, which will be environment-friendly with Indo-Portuguese-style structures.
“Apart from the construction of seven buildings, out of which only three blocks will be built in first phase comprising IT hub, startup hub and technology hub, some area have been earmarked for event plaza to organize IT-related exhibitions,” he said, adding that other than that whole greenery will be remain as it is.
Khaunte said that “the government will not use water and power from existing supply” for the project as there are independent water tank and separate sub-station of electricity department besides solar power system and water harvesting provisions in the project.
“While developing the IT project, the government will ensure skill development training to local non-IT graduates and other villagers so as to make them ready for jobs in the industry. There will be special emphasis on supporting Scheduled Tribes people from the village. The basic amenities and facilities will be provided in the village of Chimbel as requested by the local panchayat body,” he said.
Commenting on the proposed Hybrid IT Park at Porvorim, Khaunte said that the project will generate approximately 2,000 jobs and it will be built on 3 acres of land.
“We have taken care for the protection of environment at the planning stage, thus both proposed IT projects will have green building structures,” he said, adding the government will not sell plots to companies but will give spaces on lease basis.
He further informed that during the presentation to the MLAs and ministers on Friday morning at the Secretariat, a former chief minister and senior Congress MLA Pratapsing Rane requested him to come up with IT project in the Sattari taluka.
He said that since Goa is a small state, the government is also planning to have smaller IT parks in each taluka, which will boost economy of the state.
“We want to make Goa an IT destination and for that all schemes and policies have been put in place. The knowledge industry can be backbone of economy and we want transformation of the state through technology and tourism,” he added.
Source:: The Navhind Times