100 bunkers constructed in villages along LoC in Rajouri

Excelsior Correspondent
RAJOURI, Apr 8: District Administration, Rajouri, has completed a pilot project for construction of 100 family-type bunkers along the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan for safety of people in wake of frequent ceasefire violations.
The Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said that the district administration started a pilot project to construct 100 family-type bunkers for safety of civilians in September 2017.He said community type bunkers were later started near schools and police posts.
The Deputy Commissioner, said that these bunkers were started with an innovative model of convergence with MGNREGA and community participation in execution of projects. He said that the project cost for one unit was pegged at Rs 2.40 lakh out of which Rs 90,000 was dovetailed from MGNREGA while Rs 1.50 lakh was provided under Capex budget.
Dr Shahid Iqbal informed that a total of 102 family type bunkers have been completed in various villages along the Line of Control. “It was mammoth task completed in a very short span of time with active cooperation of public”, said the Deputy Commissioner, adding every family contributed its share in addition to the project cost. He said the bunkers have also been provided one toilet unit under the Swachh Bharat Mission.
The Deputy Commissioner said that each bunker has a capacity to accommodate 10 person for long-term while 12 to 16 persons for short term in wake of ceasefire violation. He said that the project will help to accommodate more than 1000 to1200 persons during emergent situation. The technical design of the bunker withstands the kind of weaponry frequently used in such ceasefire violations, Deputy Commissioner said.
The Deputy Commissioner said that these bunkers have been constructed in several villages of Nowshera sub-division which include Jhangar, Kalsian, Danaka, Sarya, Laroka, Sair, Makdi, Namb and Kadali.
Dr. Shahid said that in view of the success of the pilot project more such bunkers will be constructed as per sanction of MHA guidelines which will provide greater safety for the border inhabitants. He said this will include more than 5000 family-type bunkers and 370 community bunkers.