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State Assembly members protest India starting road construction in border area

(MPs participating in the International Relations Committee meeting of the House of Representatives on Saturday, Kathmandu, June 3, 2020. Picture: Chandrakala Chhetri-RSS)

KATHMANDU:- India has started construction of a four-lane road at the Nepal-India border area here, in breach of international treaties and agreements. It has also flouted the accepted international standard on construction of structures on border areas.
India has started constructing the road close to the international border at Rohini rural municipality of Rupandehi. The locals are concerned after India has started building the road that this might cause inundation on the Nepal side during the monsoon.
It is said India is constructing a nearly six feet high road just 15 metres away from the border area.
State Assembly members of State-5 including Dr Krishna Prasad Neupane have, through a joint press release today, objected to this construction citing that construction of the road will lead to inundation at Imlihawa, Buchi, Bodhbar and Bishnupura settlements at Rohini rural municipality, ward no 5 and 6.
“India has started the construction of a four-lane road in the no-man’s land against the international agreements and norms in a way that will obstruct the natural flow of rivers and streams. The road will block the passage of water during the monsoon leading to inundation of thousands of bighas cultivated land and settlements around the area,” the press release reads.
They have said India has not consulted Nepal while constructing the road. As per international practice, countries sharing border should consult each other before building structures near the border. Moreover, no country should construct any structure close to the no-man’s land along the border.
The State Assembly members have urged India to stop the construction and follow the international norms while constructing structures near the international border. They have also drawn the attention of the Federal Government to this issue and urged to find a diplomatic solution to it.

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