12 areas of dispute on Meghalaya-Assam border
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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.


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

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