Regional committees of Assam and Meghalaya jointly visit several disputed border areas
A joint visit of the regional committees on border disputes for Meghalaya’s Ri Bhoi and Assam’s Kamrup (Metro) district was conducted on Saturday where representatives of the committee — Meghalaya Deputy CM Prestone Tynsong and Assam cabinet minister Pijush Hazarika — visited border villages to gather suggestions.
Tynsong, who, along with Hazarika visited areas including Khanapara, Barapathar, Iongkhuli and Maikhuli, said that the regional committees will compile a report based on the visit and send it to the chief ministers of Assam and Meghalaya.
“The second place to be visited is Baklapara. The inspection will be carried out this month to the remaining areas according to the agreement between Assam and Meghalaya CMs. The report will be submitted to the higher authorities of both the states and a decision will be taken by them,” Tynsong told media persons.
During the visit, the committees spoke to the local residents of both the states, who in their opinions laid stake on the land – the actual reason for the long-running dispute.
Some villagers in Meghalaya also opined that villages along the inter-state border should be given an opportunity to decide which state they would want to side with.
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