New Delhi: India and Bangladesh have completed a joint survey along the international border in 80 percent areas. Both countries have come up together to resolve the vexed boundary dispute.

As a first step, both India and Bangladesh have started identifying adversely-held enclaves which is expected to be completed within a month.

There are around 130 Indian enclaves in Bangladesh and 95 Bangladeshi enclaves within Indian Territory along with the 4,098-km-long border between the two countries.

Prior to the identification of the enclaves, India will complete the head count at the adversely held enclaves by May 15. Bangladesh is holding a similar exercise.

"Once both sides agree upon areas that the other side possesses, the only task remaining would be to exchange them"a government official said.

The key challenge remaining now for both the countries is overcoming the difference of opinion on patches located in Meghalaya that is hardly 20 per cent of the total areas under dispute. There are 11 such areas of dispute in Meghalaya.
Home Minister P Chidambaram may undertake a visit to Dhaka to carry forward the process into its logical conclusion after the problem on the ground is resolved.

Either Chidambaram or Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who may visit Bangladesh by year-end, will sign the agreements with the Bangladeshi counterpart.
The pact will cover all outstanding border issues in line with the Land Boundary Agreement, 1974.

Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai and his Bangladeshi counterpart Abdus Sobhan Sikdar had agreed to initiate steps to resolve the common border dispute in a meeting held in Dhaka early this year.

(Agencies)