2 Indo-Bangla border haats in Meghalaya next month

Gautam Lahiri

23 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

New Delhi: Two India-Bangladesh border haats (markets) will become operational in Meghalaya state by next month, a senior Indian government official announced here Tuesday.

The two border haats at Bholagunj and Ryngku both in East Khasi hill districts of Meghalaya bordering Bangladesh will open by September while another haat at Nolikata in South West Khasi hill district will become functional by December this year.

Earlier, a bilateral meeting between deputy commissioners, district magistrates and superintendents of police of border districts of Meghalaya and Bangladesh were held in Shillong.

Indo-Bangla border haats are border trade market between the two countries and whose experience is well taken by the people of both the countries. In the market place, families of both the countries reunite easily and exchange greetings and pleasantries. Both the governments are trying to encourage opening of more such type of haats along the border to facilitate people-to-people contacts as well as encouraging economic activities for the benefit of common people.

Officials from BSF of Meghalaya Frontier and BGB were also present at the meeting so that no future untoward incident occurs. In the joint meeting, it was also decided that two modern integrated check

posts at the strategic point of Shella in East Khasi hill district and Borsora at South West Khasi hill district will be set up. An ICP is already been built in Dwaiki in West Jayantia hill district. There were some discussions about Mymensingh district and nearby Indian border to open such border haats.

There was discussion on repatriation of jailed Indian and Bangladeshi citizens to frame a procedure and both the border guards were asked to frame a standard operating procedure for that which will be taken up in the next meeting.