Shillong, May 06: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) yesterday asked the landowners affected by the proposed fencing on the Indo-Bangla border to officially write to the executive committee for necessary intervention by the Council.

“We have asked them to officially write to the EC of the Council before May 20,” KHADC chief PN Syiem told reporters after a meeting held with the Coordination Committee on International Boundary (CCIB) – a conglomeration of traditional heads, landowners and NGOs, here on Friday.

He said that after this, the KHADC will accordingly write to both the Centre and State governments on the need to address the problems faced by the landowners along the Indo-Bangla border in East Khasi Hills District.

“We would apprise the government both at the Centre and state on this,” he said.

Syiem said that the decision was taken after taking into account the various grievances faced by the landowners.

He also said that concern was also expressed on the decision of the government to pay land compensation for only those lands falling in the 11 meter line of the fence while those which fall within the 150 yards are not included.

According to him, there are also areas where the government had asked for NOC from the KHADC, which however did not grant any consent on the matter.

It may be mentioned here, the CCIB have been demanding realignment of boundary as per 1958 Nehru-Noon agreement before taking up the proposed fencing project along the Indo-Bangla border.

According to them, the boundary should be re-laid as they claimed large chunk of lands in Bangladesh belongs to them.

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