BALEWA, Dec 30: The border dispute between Baglung and East Rukum has not been resolved till date and help from the provincial governments has been sought to deal with the issue.
Several rounds of district-level talks and discussions were held in a bid to sort out the issue, but to no avail. The District Coordination Committee, Baglung, said it has decided to request the provincial government responsible for both districts to mediate the matter as frequent dialogues between the people’s representatives, administrative teams and technical teams of the two districts held time and again failed to yield results.
Committee chief Rajendra Dhungana said the fifth district assembly has decided to write to the Gandaki and Lumbini province governments for their intervention to resolve the border dispute between the two districts.
Baglung and Rukum have a border dispute at Patihalne, a tourist site. As Dhungana said, they agreed to give up eight to ten meters of land from Baglung side, but the neighbor did not seem flexible.
It is said technicians from a survey office in both districts had carried out an independent survey of the disputed area. The disputed area lies along the Nishikhola of Baglung and Bhume rural municipality in East Rukum.
The area toward Baglung is slightly plain while the area toward East Rukum is slightly slanting. The districts have a dispute over the ownership of the Righ Pond as well. The dispute about Patihalne reached the climax following the construction of the Mid Hill Highway