Demchok

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Demchok
Village
Demchok is located in Ladakh
Demchok
Demchok
Location in Ladakh, India
Demchok is located in India
Demchok
Demchok
Demchok (India)
Coordinates: 32°42′00″N 79°26′58″E / 32.699910°N 79.449520°E / 32.699910; 79.449520Coordinates: 32°42′00″N 79°26′58″E / 32.699910°N 79.449520°E / 32.699910; 79.449520
CountryIndia
StateLadakh
DistrictLeh
TehsilLeh
PanchayatKoyul
Government
 • SarpanchUgrain Chodon
Area
 • Total33 ha (82 acres)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total78
 • Density240/km2 (610/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Census code906
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Demchok, also spelled Demjok, is a village and military encampment in the Leh district of Ladakh, India.[1] It is administered as part of the Leh tehsil, in the Indian-administered part of the disputed Demchok sector south of Aksai Chin. The Line of Actual Control (LAC) passes along the southeast side of the village, following a wadi just upstream from the nearby Indus River.[citation needed] Across the wadi, less than a kilometre away,[citation needed] is a Chinese-administered village, called Dêmqog, which was once part of Demchok.[3] It is one of the few spots, designated for periodic meetings between the armed forces of the two nations.

This village was on an old route linking Ladakh and Tibet, currently closed.[4] The village lies 36.5 km east of Ukdungle (32°36′05″N 78°57′54″E / 32.6015°N 78.9651°E / 32.6015; 78.9651). China claims the whole Demchok sector as part of its Tibet Autonomous Region. Though the Kailash Lake Manasarovar is 300 km away, the route there is mostly through plains.[5] The world’s highest motorable road passing through the Umling La pass (32°41′47″N 79°17′03″E / 32.6964°N 79.2842°E / 32.6964; 79.2842) in Ladakh at a height of 19,029 feet (5,800 m) connects to Demchok.[6][7]

Demographics[edit]

Demchok (ཌེམ་ཆོཀ་) had 31 households according to the 2011 census of India. The effective literacy rate (i.e. the literacy rate of population excluding children aged 6 and below) is 42.47%.[8]

Demographics (2011 Census)[8]
Total Male Female
Population 78 43 35
Children aged below 6 years 5 4 1
Scheduled caste 1 1 0
Scheduled tribe 64 37 27
Literates 31 20 11
Workers (all) 51 27 24
Main workers (total) 49 26 23
Main workers: Cultivators 5 5 0
Main workers: Agricultural labourers 0 0 0
Main workers: Household industry workers 2 0 2
Main workers: Other 42 21 21
Marginal workers (total) 2 1 1
Marginal workers: Cultivators 0 0 0
Marginal workers: Agricultural labourers 0 0 0
Marginal workers: Household industry workers 0 0 0
Marginal workers: Others 2 1 1
Non-workers 27 16 11

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Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Blockwise Village Amenity Directory" (PDF). Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 September 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  2. ^ Lack of infra forcing people to migrate from frontier, The Tribune, Chandigar, 17 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Ladakhis deplore Krishna's remark on Demchok road". Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2008.
  4. ^ "hindu.com - Ladakhis await re-opening of this historic Tibet route". Archived from the original on 8 November 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  5. ^ "expressindia.com - 'Issue of opening Demchok road with China taken up'". Archived from the original on 19 September 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  6. ^ "BRO builds world's highest motorable road in Ladakh at 19,300 feet". Archived from the original on 2 November 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Achievements of West Dte during the F/Y 2016-17" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Leh district census". 2011 Census of India. Directorate of Census Operations. Archived from the original on 24 July 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.

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