Aizawl, June 16 (Mizonews.Net): “In the wake of the Assam government taking fast steps regarding its boundary shared with Mizoram, if the Mizoram government also do not take stronger steps immediately, it will go on losing its land,” said AMFU General Secretary Zion Lalremruata, who led a survey over the inter-state boundary.
On conducting survey in recent time over the Assam-Mizoram boundary near Vairengte, AMFU General Secretary and AMFU leaders of Vairengte found that the Assam side is taking strong steps in the disputed boundary areas, as they go on constructing roads using PMGSY and also metal the constructed roads.
The survey party said that the Assam side is constructing roads even reaching up to the area around the paddy fields near Mautui River which belongs to K Hlimlawma, of Vairengte Kawng-thar Veng. The road construction being proposed for black topping, the AMFU survey party said, adding “as judged from their way of taking such steps, it seems that the Assam government keeps boundary issue in its priority list.”
AMFU Secretary informed that they also inspected the problems faced by the cultivators who depend on paddy fields along the interstate boundary for their livelihood. He added that with the photographs taken on the spot and documents prepared they will approach Chief Minister and concerned ministers. He also said that there is no tension over the disputed boundary in recent times, adding that had it arisen, the Assam side will surely be quite arrogant.
Expressing its impression that the steps taken by the Mizoram government on security concern and boundary issue is comparatively poor, AMFU said that out of its concern over boundary, they not only conducted survey at Vairengte, but also in 2008 conducted survey at Tlabung where International Border is shared with Bangladesh submitted its findings to the then MNF Ministry.
AMFU also expressed its full support to the plan of Vairengte NGO Co-ordination committee to move the state government to set up Boundary Department.
In the mean time, officials dealing with Mizoram census said that prior to 1981 census, the area of Mizoram measures 20,187 Sq.Km. but since 1981 census it has been recorded as 20,181 Sq.Km and so far from 1981 Mizoram area has been narrowed to.6 Sq.Km.
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