Assam, Meghalaya Border Dispute likely to resolve by the end of the year

Following the Chief Ministers of Assam and Meghalaya paid a joint visit to one of the disputed areas in the West Khasi Hills, Langpih. Both CMs who had a favorable attitude came to the region. However, both CMs with a positive note added that  Meghalaya and Assam are looking forward to the end of the year when they hope to “more or less” resolve concerns in the six areas of disagreement along the interstate border.

By November 30, 2021, the regional committees formed by the two states will submit their recommendations after visiting the six locations of disagreement along the interstate boundary.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told reporters at a joint meeting of the two states’ chief ministers at the State Guest House in Koinadhora on Tuesday that all three committees would submit their reports to the respective chief ministers by November 30.

“Once the report is on our table, we’ll reconvene to see if we can reach an agreement.” If that’s the case, we’ll contact stakeholders at the state and district levels once more. “By December 31, 2021, we may have released a final pronouncement on the six areas of disagreement,” Sarma stated.

Assam and Meghalaya have decided to work together to resolve concerns in six of the twelve areas of contention between the two states that are “least difficult.”

The six areas of differences are Tarabari, Gizang, Hahim, Boklapara, Khanapara-Pilangkata, and Ratacherra –falling under West Khasi Hills, Ri Bhoi, East Jaintia Hills districts in Meghalaya and Cachar, Kamrup Metro, and Kamrup districts in Assam.

“We will make a definitive remark on the matter of agreement.” However, wherever there are differences, we will continue our discussions… But, for the time being, we are going in the correct spirit,” he added, adding that “if this landmark (boundary dispute settlement in all 12 districts) is completed in a year’s time, it will be a suitable homage to our founders.”

Sarma went on to say that the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister were keeping a close eye on the entire border resolution process.

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