The Government has released a new political map of Nepal including areas like Kalapani, Lipulekh, and Limpiyadhura within its borders.
The minister for Land Management, Cooperatives, and Poverty Alleviation, Padma Kumari Aryal unveiled the map this afternoon after the new map was approved by the Cabinet on Monday. Minister Padma Kumari Aryal officially announced the release of the map to the public on the national broadcasting channel Nepal Television.
India released its new political map six months ago and it included Nepali lands like Kalapani. The main reason behind our Government releasing a new political map was India’s announcement on May 8 which said it had opened a road link via Lipulekh to Kailash Mansarovar in the Tibetan Autonomous Region.
With the addition of disputed land that is currently occupied by India, Nepal now has a new map with 335 square kilometers of land added. The total area of Nepal has increased from 147, 181 square kilometers to 147, 516 square kilometers.
Our new political map includes areas like Gunji, Navi, and Kuti near Kalapani. These areas had been left in our earlier maps, according to the officials.
Our Prime Minister, K.P. Sharma Oli stated that the decision to include the territories inside the map of Nepal was made after India inaugurated a road link through Nepali territory.