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Border co-ordination meeting ends in a positive note

Oct 24, 2010

The 21st Border District Co-ordination Meeting between the Royal Government of Bhutan and the state government of West Bengal, India, ended on Friday with the signing of the minutes of the meeting. The two day meeting was held at the Banquet Hall in Thimphu.

Issues related to curbing poaching and smuggling of forestry products were discussed at the meeting.  The meeting also reached an understanding to revisit the issue of the adverse effects of dolomite mining in Bhutan, on the rivers of North Bengal. The Amochu and Toorsa mitigation project works were also discussed. The meeting also deliberated on the security enhancement along the Indo-Bhutan border.

The meeting discussed the opening of a new entry and exit point in Phuntsholing and Jaigong on the 25th of this month.  The new gate according to officials was decided to ease both human and vehicular traffic at the border town.

The meeting also supported the proposal of constructing another gate to ease the traffic. The two governments also pledged to jointly combat the outbreak of diseases and to maintain an eco-friendly border. On the matter pertaining to the displacement of people residing next to the border gate in temporary huts, the meeting reached an understanding to relocate those residents.

The head of Indian delegation said the meeting would further strengthen the existing relationship between the two countries.

The Bhutanese delegation was led by the Director of Bureau of Law and Order Karma Tshering Namgyal and the Indian delegation was led by the Commissioner of Jalpaiguri, A.K. Singh. The two delegations revisited the issues deliberated in the 20th Border district coordination meeting last year.

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