Protesters maintain that the project will destroy the natural environment alongwith flora and fauna
GOA, Sep. 14, 2022 (TBINN)
Orders restricting the gathering of people were imposed at a proposed site of Indian Institute of Technology at Goa in Sanguem Taluka following a protest by local farmers against the acquisition of land for the project.
District Collector of South Goa Jyoti Kumari issued orders imposing Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973. The orders prohibited the gathering of five or more people within 200 meters from the demarcated site in Cotarli Village Panchayat with the intention to disrupt or delay the process of survey and demarcation of the proposed I.I.T. site.
Some local farmers didn’t allowed the demarcation of boundaries for the project, saying they will not allow their fertile land to be acquired for a campus of the Indian Institute of Technology.
Police filed cases against a group of farmers for allegedly obstructing government servants from discharging their duties.
Reportedly, as soon as the government announced setting up of I.I.T.-Goa at Sanguem, some farmers and villagers of Sanguem Locality got together and formed a group and started agitation against the setting up of I.I.T. project at Village Cotarli stating that they will be deprived of their agricultural land and the natural flora and fauna of the village will be destroyed.