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India stops work on J&K road project as China raises objections

delhi Updated: Nov 30, 2009 13:01 IST
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According to media reports, India has stopped work on a road in Leh due to objections raised by the Chinese Army.

Almost half of the 8-km long road had already been constructed under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme before the progress was jeopardised.

Although the construction site in Demchok area of south-east Leh of Ladakh is well inside the Indian side on the Line of Actual Control, protests by the Chinese Army forced the Jammu and Kashmir government to halt work on the project.

"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," Chief Executive Councillor of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council Chering Dorjay told CNN-IBN.

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 locals.