In­dia’s Ma­nipur State could lose ter­ri­tory to Myan­mar

Mizzima Business Weekly - - NEWS ROUNDUPS -

Ma­nipur is likely to lose a large chunk of its land to neigh­bour­ing Myan­mar if the so-called se­cu­rity fenc­ing or bor­der fenc­ing re­sumes with­out lo­cat­ing the ex­act old bor­der pil­lars erected by both coun­tries years ago, ac­cord­ing to In­dian news ser­vices, Fe­bru­ary 27.

In a joint sur­vey con­ducted by the In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre for Hill Ar­eas, Ma­nipur (ICHAM) from Fe­bru­ary 22 to 24 with vil­lagers along the in­ter­na­tional bor­der ar­eas of Teng­noupal block of Chandel district, it was found that many of the newly erected bor­der pil­lars were set up deep in­side the In­dian ter­ri­tory, re­ports the San­gal Ex­press.

Among the vil­lages in bor­der ar­eas of Teng­noupal block, Nongam Sa­tang vil­lage (73 kms away from the State cap­i­tal along Imphal-Moreh road) is one of the vil­lages where the old bor­der pil­lar num­ber 17 was in­stalled by the In­dian and Myan­mar au­thor­i­ties af­ter a sur­vey con­ducted from 1967 to 1973.

The Myan­mar and In­dian au­thor­i­ties are said to be co­op­er­at­ing over the is­sue. The po­ten­tial changes could see In­dian vil­lagers find­ing them­selves on Myan­mar ter­ri­tory.


On the Myan­mar-In­dia bor­der. Photo: Mizzima

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