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India-Bangladesh joint border survey to settle disputes

Posted on Feb 21 2014 | IANS

Agartala, Feb 21 : Officials of India and Bangladesh jointly conducted a survey to settle various disputes along the international border shared by the two neighbours, media persons were told Friday.

"There is no major problem along the India-Bangladesh border. There are some minor disputes in a few portions of the border in Tripura, and these would be settled following the joint survey," Abdul Mannan, director general of Bangladesh land records and survey directorate, said.

He told reporters: "The long-pending border disputes would be settled soon. We (officials of both the countries) have jointly identified the missing pillars and are taking steps to repair them."

Mannan led the Bangladesh survey team while Survey of India director N.R. Biswal headed the Indian side.

"The demarcation of the unsettled boundaries would help the guards of the two countries in manning the border properly and expedite the various construction activities, including fencing and lighting besides river-based irrigation projects," a senior Border Security Force official told reporters.

The survey, finalised during the three-day 82nd border conference held in Agartala in August 2013, was conducted from Monday to Thursday.

The exercise is a follow-up of the agreement, signed by Indian Prime Minister Mahmohan Singh and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka Sep 6, 2011, concerning the land boundary demarcation between the two nations and related matters.

There is a 4,095-km-long border between India and Bangladesh with West Bengal sharing a maximum of 2,216 km, Tripura (856 km), Meghalaya (443 km), Mizoram (318 km) and Assam (262 km).

A large portion of the border remains unfenced and porous as it is mountainous and riverine.

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