Mizo villages need to be relocated for border fencing

Last Updated: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 15:06

Aizawl: Forty five villages in Mizoram
were required to be relocated due to the fencing work on the
Indo-Bangladesh border.

Of the villages, 29 in Lawngtlai district, seven in
Lunglei district and two in Mamit district needed to be
relocated, Home Minister R Lalzirliana told the assembly
Monday.

Stating that as the border fencing work was being done
by the Centre, the state government had appealed to it to
relocate the villages.

"We are waiting for the Centre’s response on the
issue, he said, adding that Union Home Minister P
Chidambaram was also approached on the issue when he visited
the state.

He was replying to a query from opposition Mara
Democratic Front (MDF) member P P Thawlla.

Congress member Nirupam Chakma said that according to
the contractors one village belonging to Mizoram fell in
Bangladesh.

Chakma alleged that the Centre did not have any
intention to relocate the villages and water-logging caused by
the fencing had destroyed cultivation fields in the area.

Intervening in the discussion, Chief Minister Lal
Thanhawla said that the state government had approached the
Centre many times and the reply was always the same: "We have
not done any relocation in other states."

PTI



First Published: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 15:06

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