Nepal has taken the initiative to send the Indian-occupied territory to the United Nations and Google authorities after incorporating it in its revised map. The plan was published in Nepali media on Saturday (1 August). Recently, the government of KP Sharma Oli passed a new map in Parliament including the disputed areas ‘Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhaura’.
Last June, a proposal to amend the map was passed in the Parliament of Nepal. The map currently comprises three parts under Indian control – Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhaura. The bill was passed by 256 votes in Nepal’s 285-seat parliament. Nepal’s Land Management Minister Padma Aryal said, “We will soon send a revised map to the international community to connect Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura with Limpiyadhura.”
In addition, the Government of Nepal is going to print a book in English. It will also have a revised map of Nepal.
According to Indian media, this time Defense Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the road from Lipulekh to Dharchula on 8 May this year. After that, Nepal became involved in a new border dispute with India.
Nepal and India have an open border of over 16,000 km. There are disputes between the two countries in many places. At the center of the dispute are Kalapani, Lipulekh and Susta regions. India and Nepal have been discussing this issue for a long time.
At the center of the current controversy are Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhaura – the three parts of northwestern Nepal. It is bounded by Kumaon in the south and Tibet in the north in India. The region is considered strategically important as it is a junction of India, Nepal and China.