Assam’s 83,918 hectare land occupied by neighboring states


GUWAHATI: A total of 83,918 hectares of Assam’s land is currently under neighboring states’ possession. The issue came to light during the Assam Assembly Budget Session 2020.

While replying to AGP MLA, Utpal Dutta’s question, on behalf of CM Sarbananda Sonowal who looks after Border Protection and Development Department, Cabinet Minister, Chandramohan Patowary’s informed that Assam’s 83,918.7199 hectare of land is currently under possession of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura.

The data disclosed that of the 21,343.25 hectare land under Arunachal Pradesh’s possession includes 101 hectare land in Sonitpur, 4,756 hectares in Biswanath, 2,435.25 hectares in Lakhimpur, 4,119 hectares in Dhemaji, 9,269 hectares in Tinsukia, 2 hectares in Dibrugarh and 652 hectares in Charaideo (Sivasagar).

Another 59,490-hectare land is under the possession of Nagaland that actually belongs to Jorhat (18,908 hectares), Sivasagar (4,288 hectares) and Golaghat (36294 hectare) districts of Assam.

Meghalaya occupies 1524.4699 hectare of Assam’s land that includes 33.8156 hectares in Goalpara district, 635.847 hectare land in Cachar district, 802.6823 hectares in Kamrup district, 40.6345 hectares in Kamrup(M) district, 0.3505 hectare land in Salmara-Mancachar district, 11.14 hectare in Karbi Anglong district.

Mizoram occupies roughly 1000 hectare land in Hailakandi and 536 hectare land in Karimganj.

On the other hand, the 25 hectare land in Karimganj district is under Tripura’s possession.

Meanwhile, the Assam government approached the Supreme Court of India 22 years ago about the illegal occupation of Assam’s land. Two cases were also registered regarding the same but the cases are still pending informed Minister Patowary.

With inputs from Niyomiya Barta