Missing Border Pillar Number 8/A
While I was in Mahendra Nagar three weeks ago, I had gone to Gaddha Chowki area for the verification of boundary pillars. From Bhimdatta (Mahendra Nagar) Municipality, we had gone to Gaddha Chowki, Banbasa and the river Mahakali area, the western boundary of Nepal by a three-wheeler. Getting off from the three-wheeler when we were marching ahead to border area, my friend Fannindra Nepal and other friends stopped for a while at the Gaddha Chowki Armed Police barrier area. But I was going ahead of them. I waited some minutes for them, at the very time Fannindra called me back to the barrier. He was talking with the DSP of Armed Police. The DSP had known me and he wanted to talk to me. When I met the DSP in civil dress, he told me that he was one of the participants while I had taken a training class on the border issues of Nepal in the Armed Police Force Headquarter at Halchowk some years ago. We talked about the situation of border line, condition of border pillars and clarity of No-man’s Land (Das Gaja) of Kanchanpur district. DSP told us that he will join us for the map to ground verification. He asked us to go by his vehicle. We were more than happy that he accompanied us and provided us the ride. We crossed the Gaddha Chowki and then an under construction Border Gate and crossed a channel.
Then we got off from the vehicle to verify the map of the pillar, which is located just on the side of the channel. I verified the map which I had carried with me that it was Border Pillar Number-7. It was a low bulky shaped pillar neither similar to Junge Pillar nor other ordinary pillar. Then we made a direction to find out the forward pillar number-8/A, depicted on the map. We walked on foot for nearly half an hour and I estimated the approximate location of the pillar. At the very moment the DSP told me that it is missing. However, I tried to pin-point the exact location of the missing pillar. I pin-pointed the ground location of the pillar as shown on the map. But the spot was dug out and it was water logging. And I confirmed that the pillar number 8/A is missing on the ground as there is a pit now.
The missing border pillars must be erected in situ as soon as possible by the joint team including the Surveyors of both the countries. It is the fact that 8,553 border pillars have been marked and delineated on the Nepal-India boundary map. Of these 916 Junge Pillars had been erected by during the British regime in India. Out of total 8,553 pillars 4,193 are still to be constructed. During the demarcation only 4,360 pillars had been erected. It is very sad that 499 pillars have been washed away by the rivers, 202 pillars on the land area are disappeared from the ground, 189 are dismantled/damaged and 684 pillars needs to be minor repairment. If the border pillars disappears and vanishes more and more, the border line will be blurred, and it makes the possibility of disputes between two countries. To make the evergreen relationship between two countries, the remaining pillars should be erected as soon as possible. Disappeared pillars must be re-erected in its previous positions with the help of co-ordinates and documents. Damaged pillars must be repaired and maintained. All these activities are sooner the better for the people to people level relationship and friendship between Nepal and India. ♣ ♣