Aizawl: 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 Reserve Forest 509 Demand called on chief minister Zoramthanga recently over the border issue and asked him that the state government should draw a new political map of Mizoram as the existing map is topographically incorrect, committee vice-chairman Raphael Lalrinmawia said.
He said 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 includes the 509-square-mile stretch of the Inner Line Reserve Forest, notified in 1875 under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation as the actual boundary of Mizoram.
Zoramthanga also agreed to a proposal to prepare official document declaring the Inner Line Reserve Forest as belonging to Mizoram, Lalrinmawia said.
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 it 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.