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West Bengal Officials Meet To Resolve Border Issues near Jaleswar and Bhograi

Bhubaneswar:25/2/21: In a bid to discuss modalities in resolving disputes arising out of several bordering villages near Jaleswar and Bhograi in Balasore district, a meeting of top officials of Odisha and West Bengal governments is underway at West Medinipur on Thursday.

The development has come as a relief for both the neighbouring states following a prolonged dispute over demarcation of border. It’s an identity crisis of sorts for thousands of villagers from as many as 82 villages, who are affected by the continuing territorial dispute.

Notably the Subarnarekha river is the natural border between both the states. However, there is no physical demarcation and the virtual lining often creates confusion. West Bengal extracts sand from the riverbed. However, it is being said that the sand mining zones fall within Odisha’s jurisdictional boundaries which is the root cause of tension between locals from both the sides.According to reports, in order to maintain peace and tranquility in the adjoining areas and resolve the issue, higher authorities from both states are deliberating to find ways and means.

Balasore Additional District Magistrate (ADM), Balasore Sub-Collector, Additional Sub-Collector, Additional Director Of Odisha Land Records, Jaleswar Tehsildar, two experts from Odisha Remote Sensing Application Centre and their West Bengal counterparts are taking part in the meeting.

“Earlier National Green Tribunal (NGT) had intervened in the row and directed both the stakeholders to resolve the standoff with mutual deliberation between representatives of both the states,” said Balasore ADM Sambit Kumar Nayak.

“After discussions in this regard, we have made an aerial survey of the area and used geo-referencing technologies to demarcate lines. In the process, Odisha and West Bengal have marked 36 and 52 reference points from each of the sides. Hopefully, both sides will agree with the development in the meeting and the dispute will be over soon,” said Nayak.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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