Government plans 14,000 bunkers to shield civilians from Pakistan fire

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New Delhi: The government will build 13,029 bunkers for individual households in five border districts in Jammu & Kashmir – Samba, Poonch, Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri – who face the wrath of shelling from Pakistani forces. Another 1,431 large community bunkers will be built, each of which can accommodate 40 people in these districts.
The state-owned National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) will build these bunkers in areas that lie within 3 kilometres from the border and are first in line of sight from international border or line of control (LoC). While each individual bunker of 160 sq feet will be enough to accommodate 8-10 persons, every community bunker can provide shelter to about 40 persons.
In 2017, in addition to the 15 Army soldiers and four BSF jawans who were killed in ceasefire violations, 12 civilians also lost their lives and 79 were injured.

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