THE INDIAN government will build 14,000 bunkers along the India-Pakistan border in five border districts in Jammu and Kashmir, to protect soldiers and civilians from ongoing violence and military uprisings.
A total of 13,029 individual household bunkers will be constructed measuring 160sq feet which are capable of accommodating 8-10 people, while 1,431 community bunkers will be built, capable of accommodating 40 people each.
The construction project has been awarded by the Ministry of Home Affairs to the state-owned National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC), and the project is worth Rs 416 crore (£45.5m).
NBCC will construct bunkers in areas that lie within 3km from the border, which are in the front line of the conflict.
Representatives from NBCC commented on the project, saying: “NBCC has received sanction from 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.”
NBCC Chairman and Managing Director A K Mittal said: “It’s a prestigious and challenging project for us.
“We will meet the time line, which will be set by the Jammu and Kashmir government.
“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 is reportedly already carrying out border fencing work along the India-Pakistan border, and similar defensive work is planned in the Srinagar region.
Despite an official ceasefire in 2003, violence has regularly erupted between Indian and Pakistan along the Line of Control, the demarcation between the Indian and Pakistani controlled regions of Jammu and Kashmir.
The tension between both nations has increased significantly since last December, when both nations accused each other of killing soldiers on both sides.
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