India to build 14,460 civilian bunkers along the border

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In a bid to protect border residents facing Pakistani shelling in Jammu division, the Union government has given the green light to build 14,460 individual and community bunkers at a cost of Rs 415.73 crore along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB).

As per government report 120 community and 1,200 individual bunkers would be constructed in Jammu, 243 community and 3,076 individual in Kathua, eight community and 2,515 individual in Samba 688 community and 1,320 in Poonch while 372 community and 4,918 individual bunkers would come up in Rajouri sector. The bunkers would provide big relief to border residents who often fall victim to firing from Pakistan every now and then. While the 160 square feet individual bunker would be able to accommodate eight people, the capacity of the 800 square feet community bunker would be 40.

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