Pictures by Puja Bhattacharjee | July 31, 2015
At one minute past midnight on Friday, some 50,000 residents along the India-Bangladesh border will light candles and celebrate their "new found freedom".
With this symbolic act thousands of stateless people will become citizens of India or Bangladesh.
Both the nations will implement the land boundary agreement (LBA) of 1974 and the enabling Protocol of September, 2011, in a phased manner over the next 11 months. Under this the countries will start the exchange of 162 adversely-held enclaves from Friday.
While India will hand over 51 enclaves to Bangladesh with an area of 7,110 acres, Bangladesh will give India 111 enclaves comprising around 17,160 acres.
Between July 31, 2015 and June 30, 2016, the entire process, including physical exchange of enclaves and land parcels in adverse possession along with boundary demarcation, is expected to be completed.
The Centre has sanctioned a Rs 3,048 crore package for rehabilitation of the people affected by the exchange of enclaves.
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