12 areas of dispute on Meghalaya-Assam border

Last Updated: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 19:27

Shillong: The Meghalaya government on Monday said that differences persisted with Assam on 12 places along the border with one being the land on which the Assam State Guest House stands and which is currently occupied by
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

Replying to a call attention motion moved by UDP MLA
Paul Lyngdoh, Revenue Minister RC Laloo said, the State Guest
House was constructed in 1976 to accommodate a very important
person in connection with the All India Congress Committee
Convention held in Gauhati.

The Assam State Guest House stands on the Khanadhura
hill which falls within the Khanapara Pilangakata Block, one
of the areas of differences with Assam, he said.

Meghalaya had registered its objection to the
construction of the Guest House then, he said.

The then Governor, who was in charge of both states
had convened a meeting between the chief Ministers of Assam
and Meghalaya.

Laloo quoted the Governor`s letter to both the Chief
Ministers in August 1976, saying, "That the Meghalaya
Government has contended that the hillock Guest House
construction fell within Meghalaya and Assam Government should
not, therefore, proceed with the construction."

He said it was agreed by Meghalaya then to allow the
construction to proceed leaving the question on the correct
boundary between the two states in this sector to be discussed
further and dealt with in an appropriate manner.

Laloo said, "Even during the time of composite Assam,
there was a dispute on the inter-district boundary in United
Khasi Jaintia Hills and the Kamrup District."

The UDP legislator demanded that the Meghalaya
government officially write to the Assam Chief Minister and
ask him to vacate the plot and hand it over to Meghalaya.

"Otherwise the Chief Minister of Assam has no
alternative but start paying house rent due," the legislator
said.

The areas of difference along the inter-state border
are Upper Tarabari, Gazang reserve Forest, Hahim, Langpih,
Borduar, Boklapara, Nongwah, Matamur, Khanapara-Pilangkata,
Deshdemoreah Block I and Block II, Khanduli and Retacherra.

The Meghalaya Assembly had unanimously resolved to ask
the Centre to constitute a Boundary Commission to look into
the `disputed` borders between Meghalaya and Assam.

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 19:27

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