SHILLONG, May 11: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) has reconstituted its Border Dispute Committee and tasked it with collecting additional material on lands within its jurisdiction which are falling under the disputed areas with Assam.
“We have revived the committee and have given it three months time to submit a report on the matter to the Executive Committee (EC),” the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the KHADC, Pynshngain N Syiem informed after an EC meeting held here on Friday.
He said the role of the committee will be to collect the more documents from the traditional heads and land owners to strengthen the Council’s claim over these lands. He also stressed the importance of the role of the land owners in this process.
“Once all these are in place, we will tell the Assam government to respect our documents,” Syiem said.
Syiem said that the EC will initiate steps and take a stand on the matter even as he opined that the ongoing talks between Meghalaya and Assam on the issue may not bring any solution.
Syiem also informed that the district council has compiled the documents in volume I and II which was done by the earlier committee on boundary dispute.
“We have also shared these documents with the state government but nothing was done till today,” he said.
There are 12 areas of differences at present between Assam and Meghalaya. These are Upper Tarabari, Gizang Reserve Forest, Hahim area, Langpih area, Bordwar area, Nongwah Mawtamur area, Pilangkata Khanapara area, Deshdemoria area, Khanduli area, Umkhyrni Psiar area, Areas of Block I and Block II and Ratacherra area.