‘No immediate resolution of border row with Mizoram’: Assam CM

The chief minister said a headway is expected in border disputes with Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (File photo)
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (File photo)
Updated on Jul 20, 2021 11:20 PM IST
Copy Link

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Tuesday that the ongoing border row between the state and neighbouring Mizoram is unlikely to get resolved soon.

Addressing journalists on the sidelines of the ongoing assembly session, he said that talks will soon be held with his Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya counterparts to address the border disputes with the two states.

“The present situation on the Assam-Mizoram border is not very conducive. Eye-ball to eye-ball confrontation is going on at the moment in Hailakandi, Karimganj and Cachar districts of Assam in areas falling along the border with Mizoram,” Sarma said.

Assam and Mizoram share a 164.6 km-long boundary. Mizoram was part of Assam till 1972 when it became a Union territory. It became a state in 1987. There have been minor skirmishes in the past with Mizoram seeking delineation of the border on basis of the East Bengal Frontier Regulation of 1873.

Though both Assam and Mizoram governments agreed to maintain the status quo on the dispute several years ago, there have been transgressions and encroachments with each side blaming the other.

There is palpable tension along the inter-state border at present with each state blaming the other for encroachment of its territory and attacks on its residents. Both states have ensured a heavy deployment of police personnel along the border.

“Union home secretary (Ajay Kumar Bhalla) also recently discussed the issue with chief secretaries of Assam and Mizoram to resolve the crisis. But as of now, the situation along the Assam-Mizoram border is still fragile. I don’t expect any immediate result on the Assam-Mizoram border. It will take time,” said Sarma.

Besides Mizoram, Assam has long-standing border disputes with Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Nagaland. The state shares an 804-km long boundary with Arunachal Pradesh, 434-km with Nagaland and 733-km with Meghalaya.

“We can expect some headway on Assam-Meghalaya and Assam-Arunachal Pradesh fronts. On July 23, I will meet Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma to resolve the border dispute between our two states amicably. I will also meet Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu to discuss the border situation,” said Sarma.


    Utpal is an assistant editor based in Guwahati. He covers all eight states of North-East and was previously based in Kathmandu, Dehradun and Delhi with Hindustan Times .

Close Story

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti university campus. (HT File)

    Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti univ offers multiple language options to students

    In order to promote foreign languages apart from offering courses in the traditional languages, the Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Language University has now given options to students to choose any subject at the elementary level ranging from English, French, German, Japanese and other foreign languages including 'Introduction to History and Culture of Languages' along with other Indian languages.

  • Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati on a hunger strike at Azad Maidan HT File Photo

    Rajya Sabha polls: Uddhav Thackeray’s move puts candidature of Shivaji’s descendant in jeopardy

    Shiv Sena's announcement on Tuesday to field party's Kolhapur district president Sanjay Pawar as the second candidate for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections has ruined the chances of Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati, who has announced to contest as an independent. Elections to the six seats of the Rajya Sabha will be held on June 10. Sena has decided to renominate Sena's Sanjay Raut. The required number of votes to win is 42.

  • The six-year tenure of 11 RS members from UP would end on July 4 and as part of practice, elections to fill up these vacancies have been announced before that. (Pic for representation)

    BJP, SP keep cards close to chest as nominations for RS elections begin

    LUCKNOW: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the main opposition Samajwadi Party kept up the suspense, even as nominations to the June 10 Rajya Sabha elections to fill up vacancies from Uttar Pradesh began on Tuesday. The six-year tenure of 11 RS members from UP would end on July 4 and as part of practice, elections to fill up these vacancies have been announced before that.

  • Vehicles pass through a undesignated exit on Delhi Meerut Expressway on Tuesday. (Sakib Ali/ HT)

    Delhi Meerut Expressway traffic goes haywire as cops throw open undesignated exit

    Thousands of vehicles on Delhi Meerut Expressway are having a free run after traffic police ripped open a portion of the expressway and removed barricades near Crossings Republik. Sources said that the move by Ghaziabad traffic police has not gone down well with the National Highways Authority of India, the agency that maintains the DME. The traffic police removed the cemented barricades near ABES Engineering College (near Crossings Republik).

  • HT Image

    Delhi govt opens oral health and tobacco cessation centre

    The Delhi government on Tuesday opened a first-of-its-kind national resource centre for oral health and a tobacco cessation, with the aim of spreading awareness about the side effects of tobacco and drug use and providing better training to dentists. Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain inaugurated the National Resource Centre for Oral Health and Tobacco Cessation, and said that proper awareness was among the reasons behind the rapid rise of oral cancer cases.

Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Wednesday, May 25, 2022