SHILLONG, Sept 11: The vexed Assam –Meghalaya boundary row was brought to the fore again with the Assam government on Monday claiming that Meghalaya is not only illegally occupying Assam territory in Lampi in Kamrup district but has also constructed roads, schools, churches and houses in the area.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary on Monday stated in the Assam Legislative Assembly that some areas of Assam territory at Lampi, under Boko revenue circle of Kamrup district are under illegal occupancy of Meghalaya.
He was responding to a question by Boko MLA Nandita Das in the state legislative assembly.
Patowary, who was replying on behalf of the Border Areas Development department minister, stressed that the Assam government has been persistently working for resolution of all disputes between the two states through dialogue and ensuring good neighbourly relations.
Four decades and on, the solution to the contentious Meghalaya –Assam interstate boundary row which has so far remained elusive may just be as simple as putting the pride of ownership aside by both the states and adopting the give and take policy similar to the land swap deal as far as the boundary demarcation is concerned as suggested by the former Meghalaya Border Areas Minister Prestone Tynsong.
However, even after several rounds of talks that was held between the two states no solution came out of it and the talks only ended with yet another round of talks to be held.
It may be mentioned that while talking about a solution, Tynsong had earlier said, “How many committees have we already formed, but do you think we have or will reach a solution? No we will not until we adopt the policy of give and take where both the state gains and lose some”.
Recalling the initiative taken by the then Dr DD Lapang led government and Tarun Gogoi in Assam wherein a joint action committee was constituted that had decided to visit each and every village along interstate boundary and get first hand views of the locals on their take on the demarcation process, Tynsong said that the process was headed towards the right direction and a viable solution seemed to be round the corner, however as election came around and everything was interrupted.
“We need to have this kind of spirit to solve the problem or else we will get nowhere,” he added.