Nepal’s Rautahat district administration has warned of breaking a portion of the embankment of Lalbakeya river adjoining no man’s land in the Indian border near Banjraha. Nepal claims that the Bihar government’s water resources department has encroached on the two-meter-wide and 200-meter-long embankment. Nepal government has said that it will break down and remove it if it is not removed.
On the removal of the embankment when the monsoon in Bihar is at its peak, the people of the locality are likely to suffer heavy loss of property and life due to floods.
In the presence of security personnel and officials of the two countries, it has been agreed to vacate the no man’s land after confirming that the land encroached and the Bagmati embankment was built. The land of 9.1 m north and south, i.e., 18.2 m, no man’s land is already earmarked from the pillar.
No construction work was to be started on the land. However, the embankment has been built in that area. The Rautahat DM said that the removal of the dam near the area has reached a consensus between the authorities of the two countries. Even though the dam is not removed, the Nepalese government will remove the dam itself.
In a press conference on Monday, the CDO (DM) Vasudev Ghimire of Rautahat told Nepalese media that after the metering by the geo-measuring team of the two countries it has been found that the border pillar number 346/2009 was not the same. The meter has found that the dam has been encroached somewhere by two metres.
Recently, an alarmed Bihar government has written to the Centre to take up the matter with the Nepalese authorities for special permission to complete the remaining flood protection work on the Gandak barrage and the embankment along Lal Bakeya river, which originates from the neighbouring country and cuts through parts of north Bihar.