No land scam in Rajiv Gandhi IT Habitat: Narvekar

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Panaji, Jan 14 (UNI) Stoutly denying any ''land scam'' in the proposed Rajiv Gandhi IT Habitat at Dona Paula Plateau, State IT Minister Dayanand Narvekar said the project was undertaken following all due procedures and cabinet approvals.

Replying to a question raised by unattached legislator Atanasio (Babush) Monserrate in the question hour in the State Legislative Assembly today, Mr Narvekar said the project was mooted on the advice of NASSCOM in 1999 to benefit the state.

Mr Monserrate and Opposition leader Manohar Parrikkar said the Government had not followed the ''Outline Development Plan'' of the Taleigao panchayat and sought a thorough discussion on the issue as it was a land scam.

Ramakrishna Dhavlikar (MGP) questioned the professional credentials of the beneficiaries, allotted land under the project.

In another related question, the members expressed grave concern over the government spending crores of rupees for developing infrastructure like roads, water pipelines and electric substations without passing on the expenditure to the beneficiaries and the builders.

The Minister, however, said that if the project land was not utilised for the purpose it was meant, the land would be taken back from the beneficiaries.

He said that 18 plots had been allotted for IT use, one plot for Wipro and four for supporting facilities. The area was under the process of notification for the project.

Mr Rane later assured the House that he would allow a half an hour discussion on the subject with the members expressing their concern.

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