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Centre clears construction of around 14,000 bunkers along LoC, IB

The Centre recently sanctioned the construction of 14,460 individual and community bunkers at a cost of Rs 415.73 crore for people living along the LoC and IB.

These bunkers are necessary both for armed forces and for local residents because of continuous ceasefire violations by Pakistan and most of the time the aggression between Indian and Pakistani forces rises immediately when they started shelling innocent villagers.

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

A total of 13,029 individual bunkers and 1431 community bunkers 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.

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

The officials said 4918 individual and 372 community bunkers 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 individual bunkers 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.

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