‘Tensions escalating in villages along inter-state border since state’s inception’

Tensions escalating in villages along inter-state border since state’s inception

Shillong, Mar 8: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said that since the inception of the state time and again disputes and tensions have been escalating in the villages along the inter-state border with Assam, resulting in developmental works there progressing at a very slow pace.

Replying to the Short Duration Notice taken up by, Nongpoh MLA, Mayralborn Syiem, the Chief Minister informed that from 2018 till February 26, this year 106 incidents have occurred. The year wise break up are 2018 – 28, 2019 – 33, 2020 – 39 and 2021 – six.

Syiem also informed that the district wise developmental works initiated by Meghalaya along the inter-state border are – Ri-Bhoi one is completed, four has been stopped by Assam and one work is in progress. In West Jaintia Hills – two has been completed, and one is in progress and in West Khasi Hills one has been completed.

The developmental works initiated by Assam are Ri-Bhoi – two completed, two stopped and four are in progress. In West Jaintia Hills – one has been completed, eight stopped, in West Khasi Hills – one is completed, four stopped and in South West Garo Hills two works initiated by Assam has been stopped.

“From the above it can be seen that not only the developmental project initiated by Meghalaya are being impeded or obstructed,” Sangma said.

He further added that in case of any issue that framework as agreed to by both the states in a meeting held on June 21, 2019 is being followed.