AIZAWL, April 11 - The Joint Committee constituted by Assam and Mizoram Governments under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to inspect and identify illegal constructions inside the 509 sq mile Inner Line Reserve Forest Area along the border, in the wake of border standoff between the two States, will begin its task from April 12, official sources said.
The decision to commence identification of illegal structures along the border area was taken at the meeting of the Joint Committee at Dholai in Assam�s Cachar district on Monday.
The meeting, which was presided over by Chief Conservator of Forest of Assam�s Cachar district Dr Vinay Gupta and Conservator of Forest in Mizoram Central Circle Lalthlamuana Pachuau agreed to begin identification process from Zophai, inside the Inner Line Reserved Forest Area, where the border standoff took place between the two States when activists of Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) attempted to construct a resting shed in March, a senior officer said.
Identification of illegal constructions along Zophai area will be carried out on April 12 and 13. After Zophai, the Joint Committee will inspect and identify illegal constructions along Lailapur in Assam to Vairengte in Mizoram, Phaisen and Aitlang areas along the boundary.
The formation of Joint Committee was announced by Joint Secretary in Union Home Ministry (NE) Satyendra Garg, who headed the fact finding team, which visited Zophai on the Assam-Mizoram border on March 27.
Garg said the Joint Committee will identify illegal constructions along the Inner Line Reserved Forest Area within one month and submit its findings and reports latest by April 30 as was agreed in the meeting.