Srinagar: The Ministry of Home Affairs has sanctioned construction of 14,460 bunkers in the border districts of Jammu, the J&K government told the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.
In reply to a question about construction of bunkers approved by the Home ministry, the government informed that 14,460 bankers are to be constructed at a cost of Rs 415.73 crore.
It stated that the Home ministry has asked the state government to specify the building norms for all areas up to 5 km form the border. “Priority should be given to bunkers which are nearest to the existing BOPs,” it quoted the Home ministry as saying.
The government further informed that every bunker will be within 3 km from the border and the first line of sight from IB/ LoC. “The Project will be funded on reimbursement basis through SRE (security related expenditure) as it relates to relief and rehabilitation of individuals. It must be ensured that said work has not been funded by any other source/scheme of the government. The work would be executed as per norms. Due procedure would be followed while execution of the above work. For construction of the bunkers, central agency like CPWD, NBCC etc is set to be engaged,” the government’s written reply reads.
In September 2017, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had given approval to construction of 19,000 individual and 4,700 community bunkers in five border districts of Jammu region including Jammu, Samba, Kathua (all along the International Border), Rajouri and Poonch (along Line of Control).