Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday held talks with his Meghalaya counterpart, Conrad Sangma, to resolve border disputes in six of the 12 different areas.
The two chief ministers in March sealed an accord in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah and resolved the first six points of contention. The issue is now at the Center and is expected to be presented to the Parliament to approve the redistribution of borders.
On Sunday, the two leaders held preliminary talks to plan a framework for the remaining areas of conflict.
“We are committed to resolving the border dispute. Today, we have taken a decision to start work on the six disputed sites,” Sarma told reporters after a meeting in Guwahati.
“The six disputed sites share a border with three districts of Meghalaya. As before, we have decided that three regional committees will be formed in each regional government, which will be led by ministers from the government, to study the existing differences,” he added.
Meghalaya was carved out of Assam in 1972 and the two states share a 733-km border. Over the years, the two neighboring states have been the scene of several wars between different communities living in the border areas.
The two sides decided to settle the disputed areas in a phased manner.
In the first phase earlier this year, the two governments decided to resolve the conflict in Gizang, Tarabari, Boklapara, Khanapara-Pilingkata, Ratacherra and Hahim. They formed regional committees made up of ministers, who visited these areas and interacted with the local people to understand the region they want to live in.
The governments finally agreed that Assam should retain 18.51 sq km of the total 36.79 sq km disputed areas.
The two governments preferred to resolve these six “relatively minor” issues in the first phase before proceeding to the resolution of the six “complex” disputes in the second phase.
In the second phase, both sides are looking to resolve the disputes in Langpih, Borduar, Deshdoonreah, Block-I-II, Pisar-Khanduli and Nongwah-Mawtamur (Garbhanga).
Sarma said that in the next 15 days, the committee will be briefed on the second phase, as the members will hold meetings, visit the areas where they are located and interact with the local people before submitting their report to the government. the states.
In a tweet, Sangma said: “To give confidence to the people and resolve the border issue, I and the CM of Assam will visit some places.”
The Chief Minister of Meghalaya also said that the work of surveying and demarcation of the boundaries is going on in the six different areas that were selected in the previous phase.