SHILLONG: After a decades-long border dispute between Meghalaya and Assam, the states are now all set to end the conflict through the recent border agreement and the work for the proposed border deal has already begun.
Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma announced that surveys are currently carried out for the proper setting of boundaries in the inter-state border of Assam and Meghalaya.
The CM also informed the government of both the states that have been waiting for the surveys to get over soon. He further said that various agencies are involved in the surveys conducted.
Sangma informed that he along with Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is also waiting for a call from the central government for the finalization of the border agreement connected to 6 different regions.
On 20 January this year, the chief minister of both states submitted the recommendations of all the regional committees over the Assam-Meghalaya border dispute to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
By the end of January month, CM Sarma and Sangma had made the final decision of the border deal at the first 6 areas of difference.
In the initiative to end the decades-long border clash between the 2 northeastern states of Assam and Meghalaya 6 out of the 12 areas of difference have been taken up for the resolution in the 1st phase.
The regions of difference selected for the final settlement in 1st phase includes Boklapara of 1.57 square kilometre, Gizang of 13.53 square kilometre, Khanapara-Pillingkata of 2.29 square kilometre, Hahim of 3.51 square kilometre, Ratacherra of 11.20 square kilometre and Tarabari of 4.69 square kilometres.
On Wednesday 23 January, the Meghalaya CM will be holding a meeting with different stakeholders to talk about the matter of the Assam-Meghalaya boundary.
The meeting today will be held in the presence of various NGOs, political leaders and traditional heads to discuss with them about the interstate boundary issue.