Row over new link road to Kailash Mansarovar

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Nepal says India has breached a2014 agreement

  • India’s plans to shorten the travel time for pilgrims to Kailash Mansarovar ran into a diplomatic trouble as Nepal strongly objected to the new link road from India to China.
  • The road through territory at the Lipulekh pass that it claims as its territory is a breach of an agreement reached between the two countries to discuss the matter.
  • The Government of Nepal has learnt with regret about the ‘inauguration’ by India of ‘Link Road’ connecting to Lipulekh, which passes through Nepali territory.

Boundary issue

  • This unilateral act runs against the understanding reached between the two countries, including at the level of Prime Ministers, that a solution to boundary issues would be sought through negotiation on Kalapani (where Lipulekh lies) and Susta.

MEA response

  • The road follows the pre-existing route used by the pilgrims of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. 
  • Under the present project, the same road has been made pliable for the ease and convenience of pilgrims, locals and traders. 
  • India is committed to resolving outstanding boundary issues through diplomatic dialogue and in the spirit of our close and friendly bilateral relations with Nepal.
  • The road that starts from Dharchula in Uttarakhand and runs 80 km to the Lipulekh pass was built by the Border Roads Organisation.
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