Solan, April 21 (Raftaar News Bureau): In a bid to settle pending boundary dispute between Haryana and Himachal Pradesh at the state’s gateway at Parwanoo, the district administration has sent a fresh report to the state government after conducting a joint spot inspection by the officials of revenue and forest departments.
A Survey of India’s recent report had claimed that Himachal Pradesh had encroached upon some land belonging to the neighbouring Haryana at Parwanoo. “An examination of the revenue records of 1908-09 revealed that the dividing line between Haryana and Himachal Pradesh has been shown in the shape of a nullah in khasra number 332. This line divides Mouja Gumma of Himachal and Khera Sita Ram of Haryana and it has been entered in equal share of both states”, points the report.
“The proposed dividing line drawn by the Survey of India and reflecting pillars 11, 12, 13 and 14 in the illegal possession of Himachal Pradesh is not correct as per the revenue records of both the states. These pillars exist in R-56, which is reserve forest number 56, of Parwanoo Forest Range and it is hence not accepted by the state”, points the report further.
Officials emphasise that R-56 was measured during the forest settlement of 1937-38, when none of the states was in existence. Hence the issue of encroachment on the boundaries of Haryana was ruled out. Even the notification dated December 24, 1952, by the then Pepsu government and published on January 4, 1953, notifies that the diving line between the two states is Taksal Nallah Bridge and Kalka Shimla Road and pillar number 13 is a boundary to mark existing in the nallah.
“Thus the proposal of the Survey of India regarding the ridges being the diving line between the two states is incorrect keeping in view the field position”, states the report. Various offices of the state forest department, a circuit house and a PWD rest house are situated in the R-56. Besides, the state police barrier, state forest barrier, barrier of the excise and taxation department, and offices of the assistant and junior engineers of the state Public Works Department also exist on this forest land. All these offices are claimed to be in Haryana.
Survey conducted again
- A Survey of India’s recent report had claimed that Himachal Pradesh had encroached upon some land belonging to neighbouring Haryana at Parwanoo.
- “There is an inter-state boundary dispute at Parwanoo with Haryana which is being continuously monitored by the Ministry of Home Affairs. A fresh survey was conducted on the basis of the available record. Its report has been sent to the state government,” said Solan DC.