The government on Thursday decided to cancel the allotment of all plots at Rajiv Gandhi IT Habitat at Dona Paula and approved a decision to bring a bill for abolition of the plots. The cabinet also decided to empower the InfoTech corporation of Goa to obtain loans to refund the amount to the 18 plot allottees within 10 years. ITG will later invite fresh bids for reallotment of plots, sources said.
The proposed Goa Rajiv Gandhi IT habitat cancellation/abolition and regulation of allotment of plots bill has been vetted by the law department and is likely to be brought in the assembly, sources told TOI. The cabinet felt that plot allottees would be refunded the amount they paid along with simple interest at the rate of 10% per annum.
During 2006 and 2007, ITG headed by Dayanand Narvekar allotted 18 plots of varying sizes for setting up IT/IT enabled services. Since December 2007, no work has been carried out and the project remains paralyzed. The cabinet observed there were various complaints with regard to the allotment of plots and a writ petition filed by Nitol Jinn is pending in the high court. As the purpose of setting up the IT habitat has been defeated, the government has taken the latest decision so as to reallot plots and generate employment, sources said.