Pithotagarh: The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China has made encroachment on the land of Nepal. It has constructed at least nine buildings on the Nepal side of the Nepal-China border in the remote Humla district in Karnali province of Nepal.
According to sources, the encroachment is done around 2 km from the border in the Lapcha-Limi area of Namkha gaupalika (rural municipality) of Humla – was first spotted almost a month ago by Vishnu Bahadur Lama, chairman of the Namkha municipality.
The sources said that PLA soldiers did not allow the Lama to visit the area, it also stopped local Nepalese villagers to enter the area where the buildings are constructed. Thereafter the matter was to local dstrict officials who constituted a team to visit the area between August 30 and September 9. The team recently submitted its report to the Nepalese ministry of home affairs and ministry of foreign affairs.
China has been making inroads into the Lapcha-Limi area for several years. “The area borders the Tibet Autonomous Region and is a strategic location which offers a clear view of Kailash Mansarovar. When 10 years ago, a road in the area was being built, China had constructed a building in Lapcha-Limi. When Nepal objected, China in their defense said that it was a veterinary centre that was being built for goods-carrying animals and would benefit people on both sides of the border,” a source said.
It also claimed, the area being remotest area and out of touch of Nepali administration, when the 1 building bloomed into 9 buildings, no one has idea of itm
Most of the people in the Lapcha-Limi area as well as other parts of Humla are dependent on work at the Taklakot mandi in the Tibet Autonomous region. “The Taklakot mandi, situated at an altitude of 17,500 feet, is the epicentre of the cross-border trade between India and China which happens for around five months from June to October every year and many Nepalese go to Taklakot during the trading period and work for the Tibetan traders there. So they have been primarily dependent on China for employment as added by another source.