Bhogarai (Baleswar), Sep 30:
The border dispute between Odisha and West Bengal over the Udayapur beach has grown more intractable with no efforts being made at the top official level between the two states for a permanent solution to the vexed problem.
The dispute began when the West Bengal tourism department started constructing a boundary wall around the beach on September 26 this year. Work was stopped after the intervention the villagers, the Bhogarai tahasildar Ajambara Mohanty and IIC of Bhogarai police station.
The issue was later discussed between the collectors of Baleswar and East Midnapore.
This was followed by a discussion between the revenue inspector (RI) of Ramnagar Block of East Midnapore and Bhogarai tahasildar over the map of the two disputed villages of Sahabajipur and Udayapur. It was decided that a meeting would be held soon after matching the maps of the two states.
Even as the issue was under study, the West Bengal Tourism department, with the help of West Bengal police, started the construction work at the disputed site on Sunday.
Following information, the villagers of Udayapur, along with members of the Sagarasathi Club, rushed to the spot and asked the officials to stop the work. But they were threatened by the West Bengal police.
Later, the villagers met the Bhogarai tahasildar and alleged that the West Bengal officials continued with the construction work of the boundary wall despite their protest.
Acting on the complaint, Mohanty went to the construction site.
Briefing newsmen after his return, he said the issue would be discussed in detail during the visit of the district collector to Bhogarai on Monday.