Mizoram to have new political map
The Mizoram government is likely to prepare a new political map of the state based on the boundary demarcation notified in 1875 under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873.
Leaders of "Joint Action Committee on Inner Line Reserved 509 demand" on Wednesday called on chief minister Zoramthanga over border issue and asked him that the state government should draw new political map of Mizoram as the existing map is "topographically incorrect", the committee vice chairman Raphael Lalrinmawia said.
He then claimed that the chief minister accepted the proposal to prepare the new political map and entrusted state’s apex student body, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) to do the task.
Earlier, the state cabinet had declared that the boundary demarcation, which include the 509 square miles stretch of the Inner Line Reserve Forest, notified in 1875 under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, as the actual boundary of Mizoram.
"Chief Minister Zoramthanga also agreed to a proposal to prepare official document declaring the Inner Line Reserve Forest as belongs to Mizoram", Lalrinmawia said.
The anti-corruption watchdog turned political party People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) and the MZP had also earlier asked the state government to draw new political map covering the entire Mizoram’s territory, including the Inner Line Reserve Forest areas.
Calling erroneous, the MZP had burnt the existing state’s political map during massive protest over border issue in Aizawl on July 19.
The Inner Line Reserve Forest is a disputed land claimed by both Mizoram and Assam.