Chit-mahal tastes fresh freedom with renewed Sunrise

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Kolkata: In June, India and Bangladesh ratified the Land Boundary Agreement that envisages the transfer of 111 enclaves with a total area of 17,160.63 acres to Bangladesh. Under the agreement, Bangladesh will transfer 51 enclaves totalling 7,110.02 acres to India. There will be a 6.1 KM undefined border stretch demarcated. The exchange of enclaves followed signing of an agreement in Dhaka by India and Bangladesh on June 6 this year. With this land swap, India gained access to 55 Bangladesh enclaves that house 14,000 residents. Officials of two nations hoisted their respective national flags in 162 enclaves – 111 in Bangladesh and 51 in India – to assume sovereignty over the territories following a historic border pact in June. More than 50,000 people who have been living in the enclaves will now access citizenship benefits such as schools, power and healthcare that they have lacked since 1947.

Speaking in connection to the exchange of enclaves, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee who was also present with PM Modi in the Bangladesh Tour said that it is a 'historic and memorable' day. "Today is a historic and memorable day," Banerjee wrote on social networking site Facebook. "The much-awaited transfer of chit-mahal enclaves between India and Bangladesh will be effected from today (Thursday) midnight," she added.

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