Assam, Meghalaya to resolve border row amicably

June 12th, 2008 - 1:04 am ICT by IANS  

Guwahati, June 11 (IANS) Assam and Meghalaya Wednesday decided to amicably resolve their decades-old border dispute and announced setting up of an experts committee to look into the row, officials said. “We have decided to settle all disputes among ourselves in a cordial manner. The chief secretaries of the two states have been entrusted to sit together and resolve the issues and submit a report within six months,” Meghalaya Chief Minister Donkupar Roy told IANS.

Roy and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi held a meeting here Wednesday night to work out modalities to settle inter-state border disputes.

“The meeting was very good and we shall see to it that all problems are resolved amicably. We shall not take an inch of Meghalaya and they should also do the same time,” Gogoi said after the meeting.

Assam and Meghalaya were locked in a bitter border row, with both the states adopting belligerent postures over a forgotten small village called Langpih where people still lead a primitive life, cut off from the modern civilization.

Langpih is about 100 km from Assam’s main city of Guwahati and is located on the border with Meghalaya.

A war of statements between the two state government’s was continuing when last week Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma made history of sorts by becoming the first government legislator to visit the village - literally trekking and driving through a makeshift road.

The Assam government had announced a Rs.120 million development project for Langpih.

“We have decided to maintain status quo over Langpih although development works would continue,” Gogoi said.

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