December 23, 2019 08:18 AM NPT
By: Yogesh Rawal
Workers of the Rani Jamara Kulariya Irrigation Project building an embankment on the bank of Mohana river in Kailali district in this file photo. Photo: Yogesh Rawal/Republica
TIKAPUR, Dec 23: India's paramilitary force, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), which had obstructed the construction of a river embankment in Kailali, has backed off from the region. It also said that the construction was not obstructed intentionally.
According to Inspector Raja Murad Ali, the local commander of SSB, the Indian security officials will not obstruct the construction of the embankment in the region in the coming days. Ali further added that the no man's land should not be encroached upon by any country while building any physical infrastructure along it.
Earlier, the SSB had obstructed the construction of the embankment on the Mohana River near Tikapur Municipality-7, claiming that the land lies on the Indian side.
The local representatives and Nepali and Indian security officials inspected the construction site on Sunday, urging to resolve the border dispute. They agreed not to obstruct the construction of physical infrastructure to be built along the river if such structure is built within the border of the two countries.
According to DSP Manohar Prasad Bhatta of Area Police Office, Tikapur, the border dispute was resolved with the help of 'Google Map'. He further added that the dispute will be resolved with the help of 'Google Map' for now, and later a technical team will resolve the issue.
“Both the countries have agreed to take help of 'Google Map'. In the coming days, the high-level authorities will seek a long-term solution to the issue,” he said.
According to Ramlal Dagaura Tharu, chairman of Tikapur Municipality-7, pillar number 108 had been swept away by the river, and this had created a border dispute between the two sides. The Indian side had claimed the land between pillar numbers 107 and 109, refusing to accept pillar number 108 as a border point.
“The missing pillar (number 108) has been tracked by the 'Google Map',” said DSP Bhatta, adding that the pillar has been tracked in the middle of the Mohana River.
Tharu and Lautan Chaudhary, chairperson of ward 9, had urged the authorities to resolve the border dispute. They said that the Indian side will not obstruct the construction of the embankment in the coming days.
“The construction of embankment on the Mohana River will not be obstructed,” said Tharu, citing statements by the Indian security officials.
The Rani Jamara Kulariya Irrigation Project is building the embankment on the bank of the river. The project is a national pride project and the construction contract for the embankment was awarded to Raman Sky JV Construction Company.
According to Dhirendra Shahi, representative of the company, the construction of the embankment has been resumed. “The embankment is being constructed in the flood-prone area,” he said.
Floods in the river have been sweeping away border pillars since long. That has also increased border disputes between the two countries.