Meghalaya: Proposed Indo-Bangla border fencing suffers stumbling block
SHILLONG: An obvious trend, the Coordination Committee on International Border (CCIB) on Friday has yet again expressed strong discontentment and registered their strong opposition to the proposed border fencing between India and Bangladesh in Meghalaya Sector.
In line with this, the CCIB met the Border Area minister, Prestone Tynsong to take up the issue with the government to prevent any work being carried out in this regard for the time being, till problems arousing out of land ownership is resolved and demanded proper survey to be conducted.
It may be reminded that last year, the CCIBF registered their opposition to the proposed fencing after the Central Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ratified the survey conducted by officials of India and Bangladesh and rejected the survey conducted by the CCIBF in Meghalaya Sector.
While speaking to media persons, leaders of CCIB said that they have called upon minister incharge who is also the MLA representing the border areas to take up the matter with the government to ensure that land belonging to Meghalaya is not lost to the counterpart.
CCIB spokesperson, GH Kharshanlor said that in the meeting which was attended by Shillong MP Vincent Pala, Stephanson Mukhim MLA from Jaintia Hills, Tynsong assured the committee that he will call for a meeting with the Meghalaya chief secretary and other officers to examine the matter.
The leaders of CCIB has also expressed strong resentment over the whole procedure stating that as of now, they do not support fencing of the border despite the fact that the district collector of Khasi and Jaintia expressed satisfaction over the work process and hoped to see the work done as soon as possible.
The CCIB also informed that at present, they are currently awaiting the decision of the meeting to be held between the minister incharge and the officers, before proceeding any further.
The CCIB has demanded proper verification of the Zero Line and re-transfer of the 'missing' 278 acres of land to Meghalaya, while making it clear that it would not accept the proposed ongoing border fencing if there was no correction of the land survey as reported by it.