The Surveyor General of India has prepared a digital map of the porous Nepal border and revised its length from 1,751 km to 1,850 km,adding 99 km.
Security agencies are using the map to deploy men along the border to prevent movement of terrorists,human trafficking and drugs and arms smuggling.
Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB),the force that guards the border,is planning to add 73 outposts to the present 466 by 2016 along the revised length. Forty of these new outposts will be in Bihar. SSB will write to the Ministry of Home Affairs seeking permission to use the revised map in all official communication. As a step towards the digitisation,a joint technical committee led by Surveyors General of India and Nepal had prepared strip maps in 2007. While Nepal is yet to formalise the strip maps awaiting diplomatic authentication,the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has started referring to the revised boundary length of 1,850 km in all official communication.
We want to end this anomaly and will write to the MHA to allow us to use the figure quoted by the MEA, said Somesh Goyal,IG (operations),SSB.
Meanwhile,DG SSB Arun Chowdhury said they had streamlined the process of return of former militants from J&K to India via the Nepal border. A senior officer said over 250 former militants were waiting to enter India and the J&K police had provided them a list of such persons. Officials said close to 200 people had already crossed over in the past few months through the designated Sunauli and Rupaidiha checkposts. SSB has deputed personnel hailing from J&K to man these posts.
The J&K government (state CID) has a list of people willing to return via the Nepal route. We maintain a dossier of every person using the route, said Chowdhury.