Centre constructs bunkers for safety of border residents against Pakistan shelling in J&K

The Indian Government constructed community bunkers in Nowshera city in Rajouri District in the state of Jammu and Kashmir to provide safety to locals during cross-border firing along the Line of Control.

The capacity of the 160 square feet individual bunker is eight people and the capacity of 800 square feet community bunker is 40 people.

The center has taken the initiative for border residents facing Pakistan shelling and also to ensure that their daily life and education is not disrupted. Construction of 102 bunkers has already been completed, providing major relief to the locals especially at the time of ceasefire violation by Pakistan.

“Some bunkers have already been constructed and many more will be completed soon here in Rajouri. The project by the Government will be wrapped up soon. Schooling facility will be provided in the bunkers, so that students’ time isn’t wasted and their schooling is completed on time,” Mohammad Aijaz Asad, Rajouri District Development Commission said.

Local resident Shubam Choudhary said, “It is a very good initiative taken up by the government. Whenever there is a firing, people take shelter in the bunkers. The government is increasing the number by providing one bunker each to every house here.”

Another local resident Yash Pal said, “Bunkers are helping us a lot during sudden firings. We have added light bulbs and fans inside for our comfort. I appreciate the decision of the government.”

In January 2018, the centre sanctioned Rs 415.73 crore for the construction of more than 14,460 bunkers in Kathua, Jammu, Samba, Rajouri and Poonch districts.