|79,330 hectares of State land under encroachment|
GUWAHATI, July 18 – Altogether 79330.605 hectare of Assam’s land is under encroachment by neighbouring States and Bangladesh. This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Border Areas Development (Independent charge) Siddique Ahmed in a written reply to a question by Keshab Mahanta (AGP) in the State Assembly today.
The Minister informed the House that 504.620 hectare of Assam’s land is under encroachment by Bangladesh. He revealed that Arunachal Pradesh is encroaching 15069.650 hectare of Assam’s land, while, Nagaland is encroaching on 59458.360 hectare, Meghalaya is encroaching 2736.835 hectare, Mizoram is encroaching 1536.140 hectare and Tripura is encroaching 25 hectares of the State’s land.
The Minister said that the land border protocol signed by India and Bangladesh during the last visit of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to Dhaka is yet to be executed.
Ahmed said that 50 per cent of the money earmarked for development of the Interstate border areas for the year 2011-12 has been released to the concerned Deputy Commissioners. He said that during the same year, 133 schemes were taken up for development of the international border areas and 50 percent money for 74 of those schemes has been released.