Itanagar: Officials of Assam and Arunachal have decided to form an inspection team to visit villages on the inter-state border and maintain status quo
till the boundary lines were finalised.
Official sources said today, in a bid to do away with misgivings and adopt a unanimous resolution, representatives of the neighbouring states met here yesterday and resolved to go for a joint inspection in the `problem areas` of
Bogoli-Denka, Lora, Kimin and Kakoi.
The officials after a threadbare discussion on various issues pertaining to the inter-state boundary and administrative problems resolved to maintain status quo till
finalisation of the boundary.
While Assam`s Lakhimpur administration was represented by Deputy Commissioner Dr AU Choudhury, SP D Neitham, DFO CK Bora and Narayanpur Circle Officer PK Deka, Papum Pare DC Pige Ligu, state capital DC Pawan Kumar Sain, former Border Affairs director Rajeev Takuk, SPs Nabam Gungte and Chukhu Apa represented the Arunachal side.
The meeting decided that to assess the situation in border villages, a team comprising Deputy Commissioners (DCs), Superintendent of police (SPs) and forest officials from Assam and Arunachal will soon visit the respective areas to gauge
The inspection team`s findings would then be discussed and a strategy adopted in the next border meeting to be held at Lakhimpur within a period of one month and future such meetings could possibly be held on every month, it was
decided, the sources said.
Forest officials from both states agreed to conduct regular patrolling in the border areas to control illegal encroachment, cutting of trees, jungle clearance, hunting,
poaching, etc while the SPs agreed to keep cordial relations to put a lid on crimes in the neighbouring districts, the sources added.
The issues that came up for discussion related to the newly-constructed check-gate at Gumto, problems at Denka and Bogoli, Lora, Kimin and Kakoi villages and issues related to crime and forest encroachments.