SHILLONG, May 16 � Fed up with the delay to solve the inter-State boundary dispute, villagers from disputed Langpih area have decided go ahead with local developmental works, which is being objected by the Assam Government.
The villagers from Langpih have decided to construct a community hall in the area. They claim that the old community hall was �forcefully� taken over by the Assam Government and now police personnel have made it into a barrack. So they have started construction of a new community hall from last Saturday.
However, the construction is being objected to by the Assam Government which has halted the work. Last Sunday, Kamrup Deputy Commissioner together with the Superintendent of Police and several police personnel came to Langpih and �raided the hall.�
�The Assam police personnel were unable to tear down the half-constructed community hall so they ordered the public to dismantle it till an official notification from the Assam Government is secured,� H Samakha, Sirdar (chief) of Hima Raidmynsaw said while submitting a memorandum to Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on the issue.
Both Meghalaya and Assam have decided to put on hold developmental works in the disputed area with the clause that such work should have prior approval of both States.
Langpih is a �disputed area� having about 68 villages under the Hima Raid Mynsaw. The area is at the edge of West Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya and Kamrup in Assam. There are at least 12 such disputed areas which pockmarks the inter-State boundary of the two neighbouring States. The dispute is inherited from Meghalaya�s Statehood days.
�There is no point to let Assam Government know of our intent to construct the community hall as it is being built not out of a Government scheme, but, by villagers themselves through local contributions,� Samakha stated.
Meghalaya and Assam are holding a Chief Secretary level talk to solve the inter-State boundary issue. The CS-level talks would be held next on May 25. Sangma has been reiterating that Meghalaya has in its possession all the requisite documents to claim the land allegedly encroached by Assam.