Historic day for Northeast: Assam & Meghalaya resolve 50 year old border dispute
On Tuesday, a historic agreement was signed between Chief Ministers of Assam and Meghalaya that has successfully resolved five decades old border dispute in six out of 12 locations along the border. The agreement has been called “a historic day” for Northeast by Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The agreement to resolve border dispute between neighbouring northeastern states of India was signed in presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and Chief Ministers of Assam and Meghalaya Himanta Biswa Sarma and Conrad Sangma respectively.
The signing of agreement will settle the dispute in six of the 12 locations along the 884.9 km border between Assam and Meghalaya. There are 36 villages in the six places with regard to which the agreement has been achieved, covering an area of 36.79 sq km.
“It is a historic day for the northeast,” Shah said at the agreement signing function that was held at the ministry of home affairs in New Delhi. “Today, a 50-year-old pending boundary dispute between Assam and Meghalaya has been resolved. Six out of 12 points of the dispute have been resolved, which comprises nearly 70% of the boundary. The remaining six points will be resolved at the earliest,” Mr. Shah said.
“I want to thank Amit Shah for giving us the direction to resolve the border disputes. Today, the first phase of the resolution has been done. It could only be possible because of Himanta Biswa Sarma,” Sangma said after signing the agreement with his Assamese counterpart.
The 50 years old border dispute between the two states was triggered in 1972 when Meghalaya was carved out of the state of Assam. The border issues had surfaced as a result of different boundaries demarcation readings under the initial agreement for the creation of the new state. The new state of Meghalaya had challenged the Assam Reorganisation Act of 1971 which had led to disputes at 12 locations in the border areas.