Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir), April 5: The government is planning to build a total of 14,460 bunkers along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir to shield people living under a constant threat in border areas. While 13,029 individual bunkers will be constructed in the districts of Samba, Poonch, Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri, the rest 1,431 large community bunkers will be constructed with the capacity to accommodate at least 40 people in each.

Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said the Ministry of Home Affairs had approved a pilot project for construction of 60 bunkers at a cost of Rs 3 crore during the year 2016-17 which has since been completed. The plan for the construction of 14,460 bunkers at a cost of Rs 415.73 crore was approved following the visit of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

State-owned construction firm NBCC has been given the sanction for the construction of 14,460 bunkers. “NBCC has received the sanction from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India, for the construction of 14,460 bunkers in villages along the Indo-Pak Border in the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) amounting Rs 415.73 crore approximately,” the company said, PTI reported.

“Pre-cast construction methodology shall be used for this. Strategically located casting yards will be used to fabricate RCC components, which shall be transported by trailer/ tractors and the bunkers will be erected by cranes and labourers. We will plan in such a way that each bunker is completed in maximum 2-3 days,” NBCC chairman and managing director AK Mittal was quoted as saying by TOI. (Also Read: Pakistan Fortifying Bunkers Along Border With Help From Chinese Engineers)

Minister Ahir added that in view of the continuous shelling and cross-border firing, the steps are being taken to mitigate the hardships faced by people living on the International Border and Line of Control (LoC).

In view of the Pakistani troops repetitively violating the ceasefire, the government has decided to construct as many as 14,460 bunkers for the protection of the people living in border areas. At least four BSF personnel were killed in firing by Pakistan last month. An Army Captain and three jawans were killed and at least four people injured on Sunday in heavy Pakistani shelling along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

With agency inputs.