Jammu and Kashmir will build 14,000 bunkers in its five border districts to safeguard local residents from Pakistani shelling.
The districts of Samba, Poonch, Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri will have 13,029 bunkers for individual households and 1,431 for communities.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has allocated Rs. 416 crore for the project, which will be executed by National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC).
The bunkers will be built in areas within 3km from the border and in line of sight from the LoC.
Individual bunkers will be 160 sq. ft. and will accommodate 8-10 people each. Meanwhile, community bunkers, each measuring 800 sq. ft., will shelter up to 40 people.
According to a TOI report, the state-owned NBCC will take 2-3 days to build each bunker.
Samba will have 2,515 individual and eight community bunkers, Jammu 1,200 individual and 120 community bunkers, Rajouri 4,918 individual and 372 community bunkers, Kathua 3,076 individual bunkers, and Poonch 688 community and 1,320 individual bunkers.
Strategically-located casting yards will be deployed to fabricate RCC components using precast methodology for faster and good quality construction, NBCC chairman AK Mittal told Times of India.
Ceasefire violations in 2017 reportedly killed 15 army soldiers, four BSF jawans, 12 civilians and injured 79 others. In January J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti told the state assembly that priority would be accorded to the bunkers nearest to the existing border outposts.
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