BANGLADESH’S LAND AREA WILL INCREASE AFTER ENCLAVE EXCHANGE WITH INDIA


BANGLADESH’S LAND AREA WILL INCREASE AFTER ENCLAVE EXCHANGE WITH INDIA: HASINA

07_Border_7+no+Upenchoki_030615_0002Senior Correspondent, bdnews24.com

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh will gain 10,050 acres of land after enclaves are exchanged with India.

She gave the news in an answer to a query in Parliament on Wednesday.

Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi exchanged Instruments of Ratification of 1974 Land Boundary Agreement and its 2011 Protocol on June 6, clearing the path for the land transfer.

The two close neighbours agreed to start the transfer from July 31 midnight.

Bangladesh has 51 enclaves inside India, covering a total of 7,110 acres.

India’s 111 enclaves inside Bangladesh jointly comprising 17,160 acres of land.

The exchange would make the countries owner of the enclaves inside their territory, Hasina said.

“Bangladesh would get 10,050 acres more as a result of the exchange.”

Citizenship of the people living in the enclaves would also change but a person was free to retain nationality of the previous country, she said in her reply to SM Mostafa Rashidi.

“Indian Parliament’s ratification of the agreement solved the problem that persisted for 68 years. This is a diplomatic success of the Awami League government.”

The protocol to the agreement said India will not get compensation for its loss of over 10,000 acres of land after transfer of enclaves.

It will also solve the issues related to Adversely Possessed Lands (APL).

India will get ownership of 2,777 acres of land under its adverse possession, while Bangladesh will own 2,267 acres.

British rulers had left behind the oddity of the enclaves while partitioning India in 1947.

The 1974 Indira-Mujib treaty aimed at solving the problems.

Bangladesh ratified the treaty the same year but it could not be implemented because of India’s unwillingness.

In 2011, the countries again signed a protocol to the agreement but it took until May 2015 to clear the roadblocks when Indian Parliament ratified the 41-year old agreement.

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JUNE 10, 2015

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