Assam – Meghalaya Ministers to visit areas of difference

Shillong, Oct 6: Ministers from Assam and Meghalaya will conduct a joint visit to areas of difference in Ri Bhoi district on October 9, as part of resolving the long-pending boundary dispute between the two states.
Informing this here today, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, who is heading the regional committee for Ri Bhoi district said that the first meeting with the Assam counterpart will be held at Guwahati on October 8.
Both Assam and Meghalaya have constituted three regional committees each to examine the present status of the six areas of difference along the inter-state border.
These include Tarabari, Gizang and Hahim in West Khasi Hills district, Boklapara and Khanapara-Pillangkata in Ri Bhoi and Ratacherra in East Jaintia Hills.
Tynsong informed the regional committees of both the states will accordingly conduct a joint visit to the two places – Khanapara and Pilangkata areas – on October 9 adding that the next phase of the visit will again be fixed by the committees.
“After the inspection, we will submit our reports to both the Chief Ministers,” he said.
The Deputy Chief Minister also said that during the last meeting held between the two Chief Ministers, the target given to complete the exercise was on October 28.
He however expressed that they may take a little longer to complete the exercise in view of the by-elections which are going to be held in both states.
“Assam is having not less than 5 by-elections and then on this side also we have 3 by-elections so I don’t think we will be able to complete and submit the reports to both the CMs. But there is still time and we will see whether we will be able to do it or not. It depends on the regional committee if they can do this, there is nothing like it,” Tynsong stated.
The regional committee for West Khasi Hills is headed by PHE Minister Renikton Lyngdoh Tongkhar and for East Jaintia Hills by Sniawbhalang Dhar.