India, Nepal to explore using satellite images in boundary survey work

India and Nepal during the 5th meeting of Boundary Working Group (BWG) held in Kathmandu have agreed to explore possibility of using high resolution satellite images in boundary survey work. BWG is joint body constituted by India and Nepal in 2014 to conduct works in fields of construction, restoration and repair of boundary pillars, including clearance of no-man’s land and other technical task.

Key Facts

In 5th meeting of BWG, Both countries also have agreed to continue mapping of no-man’s land encroachment and cross-border occupation. They also agreed to maintain status quo in cultivation of disputed land until an agreement is reached between two governments.

Both countries also reviewed the outcome of 4th BWG meet held in Dehradun, Uttarkahand (India) and ensured that guidelines issued earlier have been properly followed. They also agreed to finalise work schedule for remaining field seasons.

India, Nepal border

India and Nepal share 1,758 kilometres long border (fourth longest after Bangladesh, China, Pakistan). Five Indian states share land border viz. Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, and Sikkim. It is open border, allowing nationals of both countries may move freely across border without passports or visas and may live and work in either country. It is guarded by Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)

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