GUWAHATI: The solution to the boundary disputes between Assam and Meghalaya at six stretches is almost final as the chief ministers of both the states met in Guwahati today. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Meghalaya counterpart Conrad K Sangma will meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah shortly to finalize the solution formula.
According to sources, the areas of dis0puted land that each of the two states will get are almost final. The disputed area in Gizang measures 3.53 sq km. Assam will get 10.63 sq km of this. The disputed area in Baklapara is 1.57 sq km, and 1.01 sq km will be with Assam. At Pilingkata, the disputed area measures 2.29 sq km. Assam will get 1.79 sq km of this. At Ratachhera, the disputed area is 11.20 sq km, and Assam will get 4.78 sq km. The Tarabari area has 4.69 sq km of disputed land where Assam will get nothing.
Conrad Sangma was on record saying that 'we have come to 98 per cent agreement on the six areas of differences, and we look forward to reaching our final understanding before we jointly meet Amit Shah'.
The two-state governments did form three regional committees, each to know the will of the fringe dwellers.
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, "We want to solve the border disputes soon by striking a happy medium. Border disputes will get complicated with every passing day if they linger. We want peace and harmony with the neighbouring states for the greater interests of the Northeast."