More than 100 shell proof underground bunkers are being constructed to save the local population from cross-border shelling in the vulnerable villages along the Line of Control in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district in Jammu division.This follows the fresh escalation on the borders in Pir Panjal Valley of the Jammu division.District Development Commissioner (DDC) , Rajouri Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary has directed the sub-divisional magistrate of Sunderbani to finalise the location to construct 100 bunkers along the Line of Control.”The DDC directed SDM Sunderbani for finalisation of location for at least 100 bunkers along LoC in Sunderbani in consultation with elected representatives, locals and army representatives”, said an official spokesman.This followed the demands made during a public meeting chaired by DDC at border village Meenka in Sunderbani near the Line of Control. More than 300 people from six panchayats participated in the meeting.Also read’Jammu and Kashmir extremely safe destination for women travelling alone’The design and layout of bunkers are being made in such a manner that they will withstand the Pakistani shells. Sources said the highlight of the bunkers will be the double RCC slab which will be covered with five feet of sand so that the shells do not penetrate inside.Tension had gripped the LoC after four army soldiers including a Major were killed when Pakistan violated ceasefire on December 23. Forty-eight hours later Indian army troops in a tit-for-tat action crossed the LoC and killed three Pakistani army men and injuring another in Rawalakote sector.Also readJammu and Kashmir: Pakistan violates ceasefire; targets Indian forward posts along LoC at PoonchFigures presented in the Lok Sabha revealed that Pakistan has violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir 771 times till December 10 this year, and 110 times along the International Border till November-end. Around 30 people including 14 army personnel, 12 civilians, and four BSF personnel were killed in these ceasefire violations this year.Last year there were 449 incidents of ceasefire violations in which 13 civilians and 13 security personnel were killed and 83 civilians and 99 security personnel were injured. The truce between India and Pakistan along the International Border, the Line of Control and the Actual Ground Position Line in Siachen glacier came into force in November 2003.

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Jammu: 100 underground bunkers to save locals from Pakistani shelling on LoC