Goa government has dropped its major land acquisition proposals for industrial purpose cutting short the industrial estate development in the rural areas.
Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), a Goa government undertaking, in its board of directors meeting on Friday decided to cancel proposed land acquisition at five different places.
Instead, now onwards, states industrial development would be aligned with the new regional plan 2021, which is currently under the public scrutiny, IDC Chairman Chandrakant Kavalekar told reporters in Panaji.
"The Regional plan will be the model for IDCs land acquisition. But whenever we have expansion plans, there we will surely ask the state government to amend the plan to accommodate our needs," Kavalekar said.
The BoD, which comprises of industry and state representatives, decided to drop land acquisition at Melawali, Loliem, Hasapur, Poinguinim and Verna Industrial estates.
The draft regional plan 2021, which suggests the land use pattern for the coastal state, is kept for public scrutiny for next 90 days.
Planned almost a decade back, these areas were being acquired to set up industrial estates, mostly in rural Goa.
"These acquisitions were dragging feet at different stages. We thought of dropping the acquisitions as at present there is no proposal to set up industrial estates there," IDC Managing Director A V Palekar said.
The corporation, on the other hand, has decided to expand its existing Bethora, Thivim and Tuem Industrial estates by acquiring more land.
"We also intend to create another industrial estate at Latambarcem in Bicholim taluka as requested by the local legislator on the floor of the House," Palekar said.