Council of Ministers decides to issue new map of Nepal including Lipulek, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura

Council of Ministers decides to issue new map of Nepal including Lipulek, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura

Kathmandu, 5 June. The meeting of the Council of Ministers has decided to issue a new political and administrative map of Nepal covering the land encroached by India. The meeting held on Saturday evening decided to issue a new political and administrative map of Nepal including the territory encroached by India including Limpiyadhura prepared by the Ministry of Land Management.

With the consent of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister for Poverty Alleviation Padma Kumari Aryal has approved the proposal of a new map including Limpiyadhura while maintaining Nepal’s international border as per the Sugauli Treaty. Treaty of Sugauli of 1816 The river Kali coming from Limpiyadhura is considered as the border river and Nepal itself has made a map including Limpiyadhura for the first time.

The Council of Ministers has decided to make the new map public on the day after the government announced to issue the map including Limpiyadhura in its policy and program. India had encroached on the map 50 years after the Sugauli Treaty of 1816.

It took 95 years from 1856 to change the name of the river Kali through a dozen maps to Kutiyangdi and it seems that the river coming from Lipulek started to be written as Kali. The Indian Army has been living in Kalapani, Nepal for 60 years. After the Sino-Indian war in 1962, India has been keeping the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force in Kalpani for strategic interests. India has built a small temple and tank called Kali in front of its barracks and issued a map calling the stream flowing from it a fake Kali river.

Protests were going on after India issued a map of Nepal including Limpiyadhura, Lipulek and Kalapani in India on October 29 and the parliamentary committees had directed the government to issue a map including Limpiyadhura. Now, on April 29, India had built a road to Mansarovar through Nepali land. India has also been given a diplomatic note saying that the land belongs to Nepal.

Earlier, on May 15, 2015, India and China had agreed to make Lipulek a bilateral trade hub. At that time, Nepal had protested saying that it would make its land a trade gateway without asking itself.