BP 81 relocation confirmed: ICHAM

IMPHAL,31st Aug: There has been a great concern among the people of the state over the statements by several CSOs that Myanmar had encroached three km into Manipur’s land. But detailed investigation by Information Centre for Hill Areas, Manipur (ICHAM), Committee on Protection of Indo Myanmar Border Land, Manipur and citizens of Kwatha Khunou has found out that the Border Pillar 81 has indeed changed from its original position by 120 yards (109.72 metre), ICHAM president Yuimi Horam has stated. ICHAM has evidences and documents confirming it in its possession. So any interested person can confirm it from ICHAM’s office, Yuimi added.

Addressing the media at its office near Kekrupat, North AOC on Friday, Yuimi informed that on July 25, a memorandum regarding the BP dispute was submitted to Government of Manipur. After this, a team consisting of Ministry of Home Affairs joint secretary; Ministry of External Affairs joint secretary and surveyor general of India visited the area and reassured to visit it again after one month.

After no visits happened, a joint team of ICHAM, Committee on Protection of Indo Myanmar Border Land, Manipur and people of Kwatha Khunou met chief minister N Biren on Friday. During the meeting, the CM informed that the Ministry of External Affairs, joint secretary is in Myanmar to talk on the issue of Indo-Myanmar border. The solution for the dispute cannot be brought without the participation of Myanmar government. So the joint secretary’s presence in Myanmar will surely bring a solution, he added.

The president also appealed to all to not to launch any agitation or protest until the joint secretary returns from Myanmar. Yuimi further stated that the organisation has given a proposal to the state government for construction of a ring road from Moreh to Z Choro. The CM has assured that the survey will be conducted and initiated at the earliest. The CM has also agreed to repair the roads at Kwatha and construct a guest house there, Huimi Horam revealed.

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