Indo-Bangladesh Border fenced to be pushed to zero line to safeguard Lyngkhong : Meghalaya Govt

With apprehensions over Lyngkhong village in East Khasi Hills District being cut off from the rest of country due to the ongoing international fencing along Indo-Bangladesh border, the Government of Meghalaya has instructed the National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) and the district administration to work on the possibility of pushing the fencing towards the zero line.

The residents of Lyngkhong village had earlier expressed apprehensions as they live in fear of being cut off once the fencing work resumes. The work had been halted due to protests from the villagers.

Speaking to Media, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said, the ground reality is different as the state is pushing way closer to the boundary pillar wherever possible and instruction has been given to the concerned agencies and the district administration.

Stating that the NBCC is making sure that it pushes towards the zero line, Tynsong added fencing especially in isolated villages has to be well within the international fencing made by the Government of India.

As per reports, the Government of Bangladesh has given ‘concurrence’ to relaxing the norm in at least 7 such locations along the border in Meghalaya including a proposal for Lyngkhong. At present, there are at least 13 such areas where approval is awaited from the Government of Bangladesh which may require years of negotiations to get the agreement.