GUWAHATI, May 5 � The State government today re-asserted that once the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) with Bangladesh is ratified, Assam will formally gain 714 acres (approximately 2160 bighas) of land out of the total of 982 acres of disputed land along the border.
It also reckoned that the LBA will settle the boundary dispute with the neighbouring country once and for all.
A note issued by the State government on the Indo-Bangladesh Protocol of September 6, 2011 on demarcation of land between the two countries, said that as a result of the ratification of the protocol, the Radcliff Line demarcating the Indo-Bangla border will be redrawn and an area of 714 acres of land on the Lathitilla-Dumabari sector in Karimganj district will formally belong to Assam.
Whereas, of the 982 acres of disputed land, 268.40 acres, including 193.85 acres in Kalabari (Boroibari) area in Dhubri and 74.55 acres in Pallathal area (Karimganj) in Assam sector will go to Bangladesh, informed Subhash Chandra Das, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) while talking to mediapersons today. He said the areas (Kalabari and Pallathal) are already in adverse possession of Bangladesh.
While Assam had initially claimed 804 acres of land, Bangladesh pressed for 793 acres.
Moreover, as a result of the protocol, a stretch of three kilometres at Lathiltilla-Dumbari will be demarcated, which is yet to be demarcated till date and the boundary fencing can be erected in this area, resulting in sealing of the border.