SHILLONG, Apr 5: Chief Minister, Conrad Kongkal Sangma on Friday told the Meghalaya Assembly that the political maps of both Meghalaya and Assam incorporates the areas of dispute between the two states.
“Both states are sticking with their respective maps (which includes the areas of differences). The dispute lies therein,” Conrad said during the Question Hour.
According to the Chief Minister, the political map of Meghalaya which was made in 1979-80 was prepared by the state government, and similarly even Assam included the areas of difference between the two states in their map.
The Chief Minister also informed the House that several attempts have been made in the past to resolve the decades long imbroglio.
Conrad also told the House that a committee, headed by Justice Y.V. Chandrachud had already looked into the border dispute.
It may be pointed out the Commission had submitted its report on July 27, 1987.
“But the dispute still persists,” the Chief Minister said.
Meanwhile, Revenue and Disaster Management Minister, Kyrmen Shylla informed the House that a total area of 2729.14 sq kms is in dispute along the boundary between Meghalaya and Assam.
These areas of differences have been identified and categorised by the Joint Official Committee constituted as a result of a meeting of the Chief Minister of Assam and Meghalaya on May 26, 1983.
As per the Joint Official Committee constituted there are 12 areas of differences between the two states.
The list of areas of differences furnished by Meghalaya are – Tarabari (4.69 sq km), Gizang (13.53 sq km), Hahim (3.51 sq km), Langpih (298.07 sq km), Borduar (147.83 sq km), Boklapara (1.57 sq km), Nongwah-Mawtamur (137.51 sq km), Khanapara-Pillangkata (2.29 sq km), Desh Doomreah (484.72 sq km), Block I & II (1547.42 sq km), Khanduli-Psiar (76.80 sq km) and Ratacherra (11.20 sq km).
Earlier, opposition Congress legislator from Umroi George B Lyngdoh suggested that the state government should visit the disputed border areas with Assam to ensure that the boundary pillars of the state are intact.