India rejects Nepal claim on Mansarovar
- India rejected Nepal’s claim that the recently inaugurated link road in Uttarakhand passes through its territory.
- The link road is from Dharchula (Uttrakhand) to Lipulekh near the Chinaborder. It cuts travel time to Mansarovar.
- India has claimed that the region lies completely within Indian borders.
- The high-altitude road from was inaugurated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
- It is a 80 kilometre road and the altitude rises from 6,000 to 17,060 feet.
- The road originates from Ghatiabagarh and terminates at Lipulekh Pass, the gateway to Kailash-Mansarovar.
- The Nepal government had put forward its claim keeping the Sugauli Treaty of 1816 as the basis.
ABOUT THE LIPULEKH PASS
- Lipulekh pass is a far western point near Kalapani, which is a disputed territory between India and Nepal.
- Nepal stakes claims to the southern side of the pass, Kalapani, which connects to the border with Chinese trading town of Taklakot in Tibet.
ABOUT SUGAULI TREATY OF 1816
- Signed between East India company and King of Nepal.
- This treaty established the boundary line of Nepal.
- According to the treaty, all territories east of Kali (Mahakali River) including Limpiadhura, Kalapani and Lipulek belonged to Nepal.
STATIC INFO (NEPAL)
- PM– Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli
- President – Bidhya Devi Bhandari