IMPHAL, July 13 - Officials of India and Myanmar on Thursday started a joint survey at the controversial Indo-Myanmar border pillar 82.
The joint survey is being conducted in the wake of the ban on construction of a road on Manipur side of the international border by Myanmar authority, claiming the land lies within their (Myanmar) territory.
The survey is further aimed to settle the alleged re-allocation of BP-82 towards India (Manipur) from its original location.
The Myanmar authority has banned the construction of a road to connect three villages of Manipur close to the international border on the ground that the road’s alignment runs 230 metres inside Myanmar territory.
At the same time, villagers of a border village (Nungkam Satang) came up with a strong allegation of BP-82 being removed from its original place and erected at a place 300 metres inside India.
In the joint survey started on Thursday, the Indian team is being led by deputy commissioner of Tengnoupal district H Rupachandra and included officials of district police and 12 Assam Rifles.
The Myanmar team is reportedly led by deputy commissioner of Tamu district of Myanmar.
The ban on road construction was imposed by Myanmarese officers who came to Nungkam Satang village, about one km from BP 82 on July 5 last and demanded a halt to cutting of hill slopes for construction of a road under PMGSY. Following the intervention by Myanmar officials, all work related with the road construction remained suspended.