India Lodges Protest On Demchok Road At Flag Meet

2 December 2009
The Indian Express


New Delhi: India has lodged a formal protest to China after its soldiers objected to a road that was being constructed in Demchok in south-east Leh under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS). Defence Ministry officials said that a flag meeting was conducted in Demchok after the incident came to light and a formal protest has been lodged with the Chinese garrison commander in the region. It has been conveyed to the Chinese Army that it should not interfere in the project as the road is being constructed in Indian territory. Sources said that work on the road stopped after a Chinese patrol on the other side of the border objected to the villagers. However, it has been brought to notice that the local Army unit was not informed about the construction of the road in the region so an Army patrol was not deployed to give protection. The road construction is now expected to resume. As first reported by The Indian Express, Jammu and Kashmir stopped work on a road project after the Chinese Army objected. Demchok forms the eastern boundary of Ladakh and is the last inhabited area on the Line of Actual Control. The 8-km road was being constructed under the NREGS to improve road connectivity and provide employment and was stopped after the construction of 4 km of road.