Guwahati, July 2: In view of border row incident leading to exacerbation of tension at Joyrampur-Chilonibasti close to the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh boundary, Assam's Minister for Environment and Forest, Parimal Suklabaidya visited the spot on Friday to defuse the tension and to restore peace and normalcy.
At the directive of Chief Minister, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma to visit the area following reports of encroachment and destruction of forest from other side of the border leading to tension on June 11, Minister Suklabaidya visited the area accompanied by MLA Bhuban Pegu and MLA, Kardo Nyigyor from Arunachal Pradesh, Deputy Commissioner, SP, Dhemaji, DFO and other officials to take stock of the situation and to defuse the tension.
Interacting with the MLAs, officials, village head men of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad and also local people of both states, Minister Suklabaidya said the people of both the neighbouring states would have to live in peace and harmony. "We must shun confrontation and resolve our problems in an amicable manner. And for that to happen we must restore peace and tranquility and live in peaceful coexistence," he quipped.
He appealed to the local people not to cut trees and to protect the environment as 'the brunt of deforestation has affected everyone'. The Minister assured of cooking gas connections to the families with valid voters' identity cards as substitute for firewood.
Suklabaidya asked the MLA from Likabali, Arunachal Pradesh, Nyigyor to ensure there is no encroachment and activities like felling of trees have to be stopped. He also asked Nyigyor to ensure that the gravel road running through the paddy fields is not obstructed in any manner.