Nepal and India to restore boundary pillars
(15 October 2014)
Nepal and India plan to coordinate the restoration and repair of boundary markers in eight districts along the border, according to a decision by the two countries during their first Boundary Working Group meeting in September.
The border between Nepal and India includes 26 districts where boundary pillars are in disputed locations or missing altogether. The Nepali Department of Survey has estimated that throughout the 26 districts about 1,200 boundary pillars are missing, about 2,500 need maintenance, and up to 8,000 require further demarcation. The September decision relates to pillars located in Taplejung, Panchthar, Ilam, Saptari, Siraha, Nawalparasi, Kapilbastu and Rupandehi districts.
The Boundary Working Group was established in 2014 to continue the work of the Joint Technical Level Nepal-India Boundary Committee, which folded in 2007. Survey Departments from both countries gathered to discuss disputes along the shared border, especially issues related to border pillars. The Boundary Working Group was supported by discussion at the August 2014 visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal. The group also plans to address clearance of no man’s lands as well as manage the ‘cross-holdings’ of people living on both sides of the border.
Nepal, India to renovate, restore boundary pillars along eight districts in 2015, 15 October 12014, Republica, http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=84840
First meet of Nepal-India boundary group begins, 18 September 2014, eKantipur, http://www.ekantipur.com/2014/09/18/capital/first-meet-of-nepal-india-boundary-group-begins/395225.html