Shillong, Apr 5 (PTI) The construction of an Assam police outpost in the disputed Block II Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya has been stopped after the district deputy commissioner and the Meghalaya chief secretary requested their counterparts to stop the work, the Assembly was informed today.
Meghalaya and Assam have 12 areas under disputes along the 884 km long interstate border.
“The construction work at Umru village (disputed area) has been stopped by the Government of Assam on March 23, 2018,” Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said while replying to a zero-hour notice tabled by Umroi MLA George B Lyngdoh.
He said the Assam officials had visited the village in November last year with a view to set up a police out post, the work began on March 14 after construction materials were unloaded at the site and 10 labourers employed.
The work was stopped on March 20 after strong opposition from the local villagers and the Ri-Bhoi deputy commissioner but construction resumed the following day on the instructions from authorities in West Karbi Anglong district of Assam, the chief minister said.
The chief secretary wrote to his counterparts in Assam n March 22 requesting for intervention and stop to the construction work, he said.
Earlier, replying to supplementary questions during the question hour Sangma said the cause of the dispute between the two neighbouring states was because both have political maps prepared by the respective state.
Assuring that the state government is trying to find a solution to this long pending problem, the chief minister said Meghalaya will stick to the political map that is available to it to claim the areas in dispute.
Sangma said the Centre had constituted the Y V Chandrachud Committee in 1985 to solve the matter and demarcate the border between the two states.
Revenue Minister Kyrmen Shylla informed that the total area of difference between Assam and Meghalaya is approximately 2729.14 sq km.
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