SHILLONG, Feb 23: Fencing work along the Indo – Bangladesh border may soon meet a major hurdle should the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) pay heed to the demands made by the Coordination Committee on International Border (CCIB) that the KHADC does not issue a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the same.
A delegation of the CCIB met the KHADC chief PN Syiem to discuss on the issue here on Thursday as according to them the boundary are yet to be properly demarcated.
“We have urged the KHADC not to issue any NOC for the construction of the border fencing,” CCIB general secretary Kmen Myrchiang informed after this meeting.
According to him, the delegation had reiterated that the international boundary should be demarcated as per the Nehru-Noor Agreement of 1958 which was signed between the two countries.
He also informed that the KHADC chief had assured the delegation that he would convene a meeting with the landowners to discuss and deliberate on the matter on March 10 before taking a final call.
“He (Syiem) assured us that the Council is not in a hurry to issue the NOC,” he said.
He further informed that the CCIB also sought clarification from the Council on the steps taken to protect the lands in Mawshun and Pyrdiwah region where the government is trying to acquire land for the fencing work.
According to him, the committee is fighting for the rights of the landowners along the border who don’t want their land to be parted away to Bangladesh.