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14,000 bunkers to be built for J&K border residents facing Pak shelling

India shares a 3,323 km long border with Pakistan

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

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FILE PHOTO: Jammu: Villagers take shelter in a bunker during heavy mortar shelling by Pakistan on Jabowal village, 45km from Jammu | PTI Photo

Over 14,000 community and would be constructed along the (LoC) and the (IB) for facing in Jammu division, officials said today.

While 7298 bunkers would be constructed along the in the twin districts of and Rajouri, 7162 underground bunkers would be constructed along the IB in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts, the officials said here.

The Centre recently sanctioned the construction of 14,460 individual and at a cost of Rs 4.15 billion for people living along the and IB.

A total of 13,029 and 1431 were being constructed, the officials said, adding that the capacity of the 160 square feet individual bunker was eight people, and that of the 800 square feet community bunker was 40 people.

The officials said 4918 individual and 372 would be constructed in Rajouri, and 3076 individual and 243 community bunkers would come up in Kathua district.

A total of 688 community and 1320 would be constructed in Poonch, Jammu would get 1200 individual and 120 community bunkers, and 2515 individual and eight community bunkers would be constructed in Samba district, they said.

India shares a 3,323 km long border with Pakistan, of which 221km of the IB and 740km of the fall in

As many as 35 people -- 19 Army personnel, 12 civilians and four BSF personnel -- were killed in ceasefire violations by Pakistan last year alone.

Senior leader and MP Jugal Kishore Sharma welcomed the move by the Centre. "It is indeed a matter of joy and satisfaction for the people of border villages that the Centre has sanctioned construction of bunkers and approved relief and compensation for various property and livestock losses due to cross-border firing," Sharma said here.

The MP expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for acceding to the demands of people living in border villages.

First Published: Sun, January 07 2018. 16:54 IST