Dehradun: The border dispute between India and Bangladesh which has extended for past many decades is inching closer to a settlement. As many as 1,149 maps that cover the international boundary of 4,156 kilometres between the two countries have received legal accreditation from senior officials of both nations.

According to the Surveyor General of India, Swarna Subba Rao, "Maps demarcating international boundary and territorial enclaves are jointly prepared by both the countries. In the presence of senior officers few maps were prepared in Bangladesh and some in India."

In a recent high level meeting of Land Record and Survey Department, Bangladesh, senior officials of Bangladesh signed the maps giving it legal recognition.

As a matter of fact, the two nations never had an open confrontation on border dispute. Despite several rounds of discussion, India and Bangladesh failed to form a consensus over the demarcation of land. Both the nations had their own share of arguments which failed to give a legal recognition.

Thereafter, on September 6, 2011, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his official visit to Bangladesh signed land agreement which involved swapping of land and gave recognition to 'no man's land' between the border of the two countries.

However, according to the Surveyor General of India, still 500 km of land stretch near Indo-Bangla border, which also shares border with China, is yet to be legally demarcated. No consent on this area of land has been formed by Bangladesh.

JPN/Bureau