New Delhi: Precise measurement using GPS has found that Indo-Nepal border is 117 km longer than previously believed. The latest survey has estimated the Indo-Nepal border was closer to 1,868 km, 117 km more than the official length of 1,751 km. An official emphasised it was technology – and not a change in the location of border pillars that stretched the Indo-Nepal borders.
Previously, surveyors used to walk along the border with metal chains measuring short lengths and then adding them up. This time the surveyors used global position system to measure angles and distances. “When you use modern technology, precision certainly improves. There is no change in the borders,” Major General Ramesh Chandra Padhi, Additional Surveyor General of India, told the media. Government officials said they had been told to continue using the 1,751 km figure by the foreign ministry though the outcome of the joint survey was carried out some years back. The border length has to be reconciled with the Nepalese side and has to be approved by them too, a senior official said.
Source: Hindustan Times