NEW DELHI, Dec 17 � At least 2300 sq km of Assam�s forest land in areas bordering the neighbouring States is under encroachment.
Some forest areas along the borders with the adjoining States of Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur have been encroached upon by people from other States, admitted Minister of State for Environment and Forest, Jayanthi Natarajan in a Lok Sabha reply to a question by SK Bwiswmutiary.
The largest areas under encroachment are in Nagaland (1100 sq km), followed by Arunachal Pradesh (910), Meghalaya (45), Mizoram (230) and Manipur (15).
The Minister said the Assam Government has convened a meetings at the level of the Chief Minister and Chief Secretary from time to time to coordinate action on checking encroachments in the border regions of the State. In addition, action against encroachment is also being taken as per law, she added.