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Assam and Meghalaya inks historic border agreement: six areas of difference resolved

In a landmark move, Assam and Meghalaya signed a historic border agreement resolving the 50 year old inter-state border dispute in as many as 6 areas of difference between the

In a landmark move, Assam and Meghalaya signed a historic border agreement resolving the 50 year old inter-state border dispute in as many as 6 areas of difference between the states.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Meghalaya counterpart Conrad Sangma signed the historic deal in presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Both the chief ministers thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Shah for facilitating the historic agreement.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah also called it a historic day and credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for focussing on the Northeast. The Home Minister added that with the signing of the agreement over 50% of the border dispute between the states has been resolved.

The pact resolves the protracted dispute in 6 of the 12 places along the 884.9 km border between the two states. The six areas of difference were among the less complicated areas and were hence taken up for resolution in the first phase. There are 36 villages in the 6 areas covering an area of 36.79 sq km. Among the 6 areas of difference for which the agreement was signed today are Hahim, Gizang, Tarabari, Boklapara, Khanapara-Pillingkata and Ratacherra.

Briefing the media after the signing of the agreement, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said the deal will usher in a spirit of unity between Northeast states. Sarma also thanked the Centre and his Meghalaya counterpart for the historic deal.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma also termed the agreement as historic, something which the previous governments could not achieve.

First Published: 29th March, 2022 21:35 IST

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