Chinese Army Forces India to Stop Road Project in Leh

In the wake of objections raised by the Chinese Army, India has brought to a close the construction work on a road in Leh.

As much as half of the 8-km long road was nearly constructed under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) before work was stopped.

It should be noted that the road lies in Demchok area of south-east Leh of Ladakh and so inside Indian side of the Line of Actual Control. However, the Chinese Army took objections to it and forced the Jammu and Kashmir government to bring the work on the project to a stop.

“This road is very much under our territory. Indo-Tibetan Border Police is also aware of the road. Local residents are upset with Chinese army coming to our area,” said Chief Executive Councillor of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council Chering Dorjay was quoted as saying by a TV news channel.

Demchok is the last inhabited area on the Line of Actual Control.

The road was being constructed to improve connectivity in the area and to provide employment to local residents.

China has a similar road on the other side to which India did not object.

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