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India To Counter With More Force As  400 Additional Bunkers Sanctioned For Border Residents In J&K's Poonch, Rajouri

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| March 4 , 2019 , 13:09 IST

Indian Army is all set to come up with more force to counter Pakistan's heavy shelling in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri as the government has sanctioned 400 additional bunkers for the affected border areas.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Saturday sanctioned additional 400 individual bunkers for Poonch and Rajouri which witnessed intense shelling from Pakistani troops over the past five days.

An official spokesperson said, “In view of the heightened cross-border shelling, the government has sanctioned additional 200 individual bunkers each for Poonch and Rajouri districts."

“The bunkers will get built in the next one month as per the prescribed specifications,” the spokesman added.

The administration has directed officials to ensure speedy construction of these bunkers and it said the funds would be placed with the deputy commissioners concerned through the Rural Development Department.

According to locals, he said the bunkers have been found to be an effective response to cross-border shelling, providing border residents with a safe place to shelter themselves during shelling incidents.

Shamsher Hakla Poonchi, a Gujjar leader condemned Pakistan for targeting civilian areas and said the people are facing a lot of problems due to heavy shelling from across the border.

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“The Centre should establish safe colonies for residents of the Line of Control (LoC) so that they can live a peaceful life and save themselves from the Pakistani shelling,” he said, adding that the border residents have always played a special role for the country without caring for their lives and properties.

“The people living near the borders are social, educationally, economically and politically backwards and lack even basic facilities like road communication, electricity, medical facilities, education and water supply,” he said.