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Implementation of land boundary pact from today

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, July 30 - Ending more than four decades of wait, India and Bangladesh will start the exchange of 162 adversely-held enclaves from tomorrow, marking the start of implementation of their landmark Land Boundary Agreement.

While India will hand over 51 enclaves comprising 7,110 acres to Bangladesh, the neighbouring country will give India 111 enclaves comprising around 17,160 acres.

Bangladesh and India will implement the LBA of 1974 and the enabling Protocol of September, 2011, in a phased manner over the next 11 months.

According to an estimate, around 37,000 people are living in Indian enclaves in Bangladesh, while 14,000 people are staying in Bangladeshi enclaves in India. India and Bangladesh have already completed an exercise in July to ascertain the views of the residents in the enclaves whether they would like to take Indian or Bangladeshi citizenship.

None living in Bangladeshi enclaves in India wants to shift to that country, as per a joint survey. However, an estimated 600 people want to migrate to India.

Between July 31, 2015 and June 30, 2016, the entire process, including physical exchange of enclaves and land parcels in adverse possession along with boundary demarcation, is expected to be completed. � PTI

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Implementation of land boundary pact from today

NEW DELHI, July 30 - Ending more than four decades of wait, India and Bangladesh will start the exchange of 162 adversely-held enclaves from tomorrow, marking the start of implementation of their landmark Land Boundary Agreement.

While India will hand over 51 enclaves comprising 7,110 acres to Bangladesh, the neighbouring country will give India 111 enclaves comprising around 17,160 acres.

Bangladesh and India will implement the LBA of 1974 and the enabling Protocol of September, 2011, in a phased manner over the next 11 months.

According to an estimate, around 37,000 people are living in Indian enclaves in Bangladesh, while 14,000 people are staying in Bangladeshi enclaves in India. India and Bangladesh have already completed an exercise in July to ascertain the views of the residents in the enclaves whether they would like to take Indian or Bangladeshi citizenship.

None living in Bangladeshi enclaves in India wants to shift to that country, as per a joint survey. However, an estimated 600 people want to migrate to India.

Between July 31, 2015 and June 30, 2016, the entire process, including physical exchange of enclaves and land parcels in adverse possession along with boundary demarcation, is expected to be completed. � PTI