New Delhi: After the recent violent clashes at Assam-Mizoram, a border that left seven people dead and several injured, the Centre has decided to demarcate borders of the north-eastern states using satellite imaging so as to ensure there are no grey areas during the process which may lead to future violence.
The task has been given to the North Eastern Space Application Centre (NESAC) which is a joint initiative of the Department of Space (DoS) and the North Eastern Council (NEC) which uses technology for development in the northeast region, said two senior government officials.
The idea to demarcate the state’s boundaries was pitched by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah a few months back.
He had said that satellite mapping should be used for demarcating border areas and forests.
NESAC is already using satellite-based mapping for flood management in the region.
The officials said that satellite imaging will ensure that there are no discrepancies in mapping the border areas.
The tension on the border of Assam and Mizoram turned violent after six policemen died during clashes that increased the tension in the region.
The Home Ministry had negotiated a truce between the two states which called for the withdrawal of police forces by both the states and allow Central forces to act as peacekeepers.
The Mizoram government claimed that a 509 square-mile stretch of the inner-line reserve forest notified in 1875 under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation of 1873 belongs to it, the Assam side insisted that the constitutional map and boundary, drawn by the Survey of India in 1993, was acceptable to it.
The major objectives of the NESAC are: to provide an operational remote sensing and geographic information system-aided natural resource information base to support activities on development, management of natural resources and infrastructure planning in the region.
With inputs from PTI