‘New map accurate, has not revised our boundary’: MEA to Nepal on Kalapani issue

Following the official bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into the two Union Territories (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, the Survey of India published new maps of India and the Jammu and Kashmir region.

A day after Nepal objected to the Kalapani area being shown as part of the Indian territory, the Ministry of External Affairs said that the new map issued last week accurately depicts its sovereign territory and that it has not revised its boundary with Nepal.

"Our map accurately depicts the sovereign territory of India. The new map has in no manner revised our boundary with Nepal," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said during a media briefing.

"The boundary delineation exercise with Nepal is ongoing under the existing mechanism. We reiterate our commitment to find a solution through dialogue in the spirit of our close and friendly bilateral relations," he added.

Earlier, the Nepal government on Wednesday had issued a statement protesting against “unilaterally” including the Kalapani area in the recently published official map of India.

Nepal’s ministry of foreign affairs had said the publication of the map when a joint ministerial commission had referred the matter to the foreign secretaries of the two sides for settlement was not proper and not acceptable for the Himalayan nation.

Following the official bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into the two Union Territories (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, the Survey of India published new maps of India and the Jammu and Kashmir region.

The new maps show the two UTs clearly demarcated, and while Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir’s Muzaffarabad and Mirpur areas have been kept as part of the UT of Jammu and Kashmir, Kargil and Gilgit and Baltistan have been shown as part of Ladakh UT.

(Inputs from PTI)