Shillong, Mar 8: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today stated that despite the fact that there have been instances of obstruction of developmental projects in few disputed areas, the state of Meghalaya and Assam are maintaining the ‘Status Quo.’
He was responding to a Short Duration Discussion called by Nongpoh MLA Mayralborn Syiem under the caption “Burom tang ka Meghalaya ia ka Status Quo hapdeng ka Assam bad Meghalaya, Bun ki kam pynroi na Meghalaya hap pynsangeh ka khappud katba ki kam pynroi Assam ki iaid beit: HNYF. (Only Meghalaya is maintaining the Status Quo between Assam-Meghalaya border)
Citing figures, Conrad stated that only 4 developmental works initiated by Meghalaya in disputed areas along the interstate border were stopped by Assam, while 16 developmental works initiated by Assam were stopped by Meghalaya on the intervention of the Ditrict Administration of different districts.
“With regards to the development works of Meghalaya which are being obstructed by the Government of Assam officials, the Chief Secretary, Meghalaya has written to his counterpart in Assam to intervene and issue necessary instructions not to hinder developmental work,” he said.
The Chief Minister also informed that since 2018, 106 instances of untoward incidents had occurred in disputed areas along the border.
He added that the disputes have led to the problems of implementing developmental works.
“Many developmental works initiated by the Government of Meghalaya and Assam have halted or are yet to commence because of the border issue,” he said.