Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have formed 12 regional committees to expedite the process of identification and early settlement of disputed areas along the 804.10 km border.
The two governments disputed 123 villages along the border but the number was limited to 86 in the Namsai Declaration, said a document signed by the heads of the two governments, Himanta Biswa Sarma and Pema Khandu, on July 15.
“In the Assam State Committee meeting today (Thursday), we decided that the state level committees of the two states should jointly visit the disputed areas before submitting their reports to the two CMs by September 15,” Atul Bora, Border Protection Minister of Assam. and the Department of Development said.
Assam has eight districts while Arunachal Pradesh has 12 along the state border.
The Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border dispute settlement model is similar to the one Assam and Meghalaya have demanded to settle the 885-km border dispute. Of the 12 disputed sectors along the Assam-Meghalaya border, a “fifty-fifty” settlement was signed for six “non-troublesome” areas.
Next meeting in New Delhi
Mr. Bora said that the Assam Chief Minister and his Mizoram counterpart Zoramthanga will have their next meeting in New Delhi to find a mutual solution to the disputes over the 146.6 km border.
The border dispute between these two states is based on two colonial borders, one in 1875 and one in 1933.
Mizoram recognizes the delimitation under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act notified in 1875 which covers a large area now under Assam. Assam was sworn in by a British notification in 1933 that accused Mizoram of losing a large tract of forest along the border.
“In the Assam State Committee meeting today (Thursday), we decided that the state level committees of the two states should jointly visit the disputed areas before submitting their reports to the two CMs on September 1.Atul Bora, Assam Minister for Border Protection and Development Department