Agartala, Aug. 22: The 82nd meeting of the joint India-Bangladesh border management group commenced here today to sort out disputes over border pillars and to resolve differences over the alignment of the border, particularly in Tripura’s western border with Bangladesh.
Official sources said a six-member Bangladeshi delegation, headed by the director general of survey and settlement of the country, Mohammed Abdul Mannan, arrived here yesterday.
The Survey of India’s Calcutta-based director in-charge of eastern India, N.R. Biswal, and other survey officials accorded a warm reception to the Bangladeshi delegation at Akhaura checkpost.
The officials met this morning at circuit house, with both sides exchanging documents for verification, claims and counter-claims.
Official sources said Tripura has a 856km border with Bangladesh, 90 per cent of which is fenced.
“There are provisions for 500 pillars along the border, some of which have gone missing, while a number of them are damaged. The four-day conference will discuss means of identifying the missing pillars and repairing the damaged ones. There are certain disputes over location of the pillars and alignment of the border,” a source said.
The conference will also review the decisions and progress made during the conference in Dhaka last year.
Mannan told reporters on the sidelines of the conference that the disputes over border pillars and alignment were “very minor”.
“These are not big issues and hopefully most of it will be resolved during this conference. There will be a joint inspection of the sites of missing and damaged pillars and necessary steps will be taken to set them right by officers of both the countries,” said Mannan.
Biswal told reporters that all disputes would be settled shortly.
If needed, surveyors and other officials of both the countries would undertake a fresh survey of the border.
The conference will end on Saturday and the Bangladesh delegation will return home through Akhaura checkpost.