To end the standoff along Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, China has demanded that the Indian Army give up construction of a road, which they have planned to build along the undefined border. Sources said China has also asked India to destroy the canals which are being constructed from NREGA funds in Demchok sector of Ladakh.
India has also objected to a bridge, which China has constructed on their side in Chumar over the past six months. Hours before a flag meeting was to be held on Thursday between India and China, two face-offs were reported in Chumar, a source said.
“The Chinese have raised objection to road construction material, which the Army has brought in to build the road in Chumar. They are asking India to remove the construction material and have put this as a pre-requisite to end the stand-off,” said a senior official.
The two issues were raised during the flag meeting held on Thursday on request of the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA). Details of the meeting were not immediately known.
“We are not going to destroy the canals that are well within our territory and are being built from NREGA funds. The problem is that the civilian population on India’s side has thinned down due to lack of infrastructure, while across the border in China, the civilian population has gone up due to better facilities,” said the official.
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval is monitoring the situation along LAC on a regular basis.
The stand-off, which started on September 10, has refused to die down and the buildup has increased at least at eight locations in Ladakh.
“Of these eight locations, there are at least four points where the two sides are engaged in eyeball-to-eyeball stand-off,” said the official.
India has asked its troops to interdict Chinese troops as and when possible and be aggressive in posturing along the border. “Three days after the build-up began, the Chinese also conducted air sorties violating airspace. We have also strongly objected to this during the previous flag meetings,” said the official.