Concrete border bunkers not fit for human refuge

Vishal Sharma
The district administration has miserably failed to construct the community concrete bunkers for the border people, as per the guidelines issued to protect them during sudden heavy mortar shelling and firing by the Pakistani troopers. Unfortunately, despite spending crores of rupees the 6 bunkers constructed by the administration along the LoC in Pargwal area of Akhnoor are of no use and in no way could be said as bunkers and are highly unsafe.
These bunkers in Pargwal area which were constructed by the district administration under the supervision of BDO are incomplete and are constructed in unplanned manner.
The bunkers are constructed over the surface and are so congested that hardly 10 to 15 people can stand there during the emergency. Also the bunkers sans the cross ventilation and are without light, washrooms and kitchens. Pertinent to mention here that there are 150 to 400 people in the village and the so called bunkers are too small to accommodate such a huge numbers. Besides this the bunkers have no sand loads around them which are of utmost important to protect the bunker from direct mortar shelling.
Locals of the area alleged that those who were involved in construction have not even bother to construct toilet inside the bunkers and the instead of constructing them underground they were constructed over surface like small rooms. They said that instead of taking shelter in these so called bunkers, they prefer staying at their own houses.
Pertinent to mention here, that the centre last year had approved the construction of 20125 community bunkers at the cost of Rs 1006.25 crores along border for protecting border population from sudden shelling.
Out of this Rs 300 crores were released to the Jammu and Kashmir government for the construction of 60 community bunkers along the border within a time period of four months after which construction of these bunkers was started in different areas along the border. When tried to contact Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Simrandeep Singh over the issue all the calls made remained unanswered.

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