Against 20125 Border Bunkers, MHA Sanctions 60!



A file photo of Poonch village borders. (KL Image: Meha Dixit)
A file photo of Poonch village borders. (KL Image: Meha Dixit)

Union Ministry of Home Affairs has sanctioned construction of sixty bunkers in border areas of Jammu on pilot basis. Funds worth Rs 3 Crore were sanctioned at the rate of Rupees five lakh per bunkers.

The state government informed the lower house of state legislature on Wednesday that it has submitted a proposal for 20125 such community bunkers which would require Rs 1006.25 Crore. These bunkers, key to safety, when the rival armies exchange shells are required in all the border areas near the LoC and the IB. The proposal was submitted to MHA on February 23, 2015.

Of these bunkers, areas near border in Samba district require 1286 bunkers which would require Rs 64.30 Crore.

The government also revealed that as many as 28 civilians were killed in border shelling besides 20 security men in last four years. Injured included 189 civilians and 61 forces personnel. During this period, government said that 193 houses were destroyed in alleged border shelling from Pakistan.

Of this, the government said six civilians were killed and five injured in Balakote sector on August 15. So far, Rs six lakh has been given as compensation to the families in four cases.

The government has paid an ex gratia relief of Rs 56.80 lakh in the four district that were impacted by the shelling. Of this Rs 25.30 lakh was paid in Jammu, Rs 13.08 in Samba, Rs 1.20 lakh in Kathua, Rs 25 thousands in Rajouri, and Rs 16.95 in Poonch.


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