Meghalaya-Bangladesh border Survey to be completed by Jan 15
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 09, 2010, 16:29
Shillong: The joint survey of the disputed borders along Bangladesh-Meghalaya, that is expected to pave the way for settlement of the boundary dispute, will be completed by January 15.

"The target date for completion of the exercise that began yesterday is January 15," Meghalaya Revenue Minister R C Laloo said Thursday.

The exercise is being conducted by survey and land records officials of Bangladesh and Meghalaya.

The verification will be conducted in 12 disputed patches bordering Meghalaya, stretches of which are under 'adverse possession' of either countries, the minister said.

It was a long pending issue and the government wanted to resolve it expeditiously, he said.

According to official records, currently, there are 551.8 acre of Bangladeshi land under 'adverse possession' of India while 226.81 acre of Indian land is under adverse possession of Bangladesh.

The areas under adverse possession, 12 of them in Meghalaya sector, were created when the two countries demarcated the international boundary in the mid-1960s.

These figures are, however, approximate. The survey will estimate a final figure which would be placed at the next meeting of the Joint Boundary Working Group for a decison on the next course of action, Laloo said.

Officials said, of the 571 km of the sanctioned fencing work on the Bangladesh border of Assam and Meghalaya, only 248 km has been completed.

Work is in progress in 123 km, while there have been objections either from Meghalaya or from Bangladesh in the remaining stretches.


First Published: Thursday, December 09, 2010, 16:29

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