Goa Legislative Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee has now decided to probe into the allotment of large tracts of land for real estate developers under the guise of Special Economic Zone as the same was done even before the state government adopted its SEZ policy.
At its meeting held on Wednesday, the PAC also decided to solicit views of the public over the matter wherein nearly 34 lakh square metres of land was allotted to different companies by the Goa Industrial Development Corporation.
While GIDC officials have already been asked to explain why land was allotted to the developers even before the State had formulated its SEZ policy, the PAC will also hear the various non-governmental organizations that participated in the anti-SEZ agitation.
GIDC officials reportedly questioned the PAC’s jurisdiction in taking up this matter. However, PAC Chairman Manohar Parrikar asserted that the PAC was authorized to probe the matter as it pertained to implementation of the policy decisions.
In all seven companies were allotted land at Verna, Sancoale and Keri for SEZ and they were asked to revert the land back to GIDC after the State government canceled its SEZ policy on 15th June 2009. The companies challenged this before the Bombay High Court at Goa that dismissed their petitions. However, the companies have succeeded in getting a stay on the High Court order by appealing to the Supreme Court.