India to build over 5,000 bunkers in Kashmir as cross-border violence worsens

New Delhi: India plans to build over 5,000 bunkers along the de facto border with Pakistan in the Kashmir region in order to protect the population of the area, official sources revealed.
India has announced that it will build thousands of concrete dugouts along a section of its de facto border with Pakistan in Kashmir that will serve as ”safe accommodation” for residents caught in cross-border
shelling.13,000 of them will be collective, built in the sectors of Jammu and Kashmir. In an effort to protect 54,000 people in towns and villages near the “world’s most dangerous border,” India’s central government is
funding the creation of 372 community bunkers, which hold 40 people, and 4,918 individual bunkers, designed for up to 8 people, The shelters, located in the Rajouri district, are to be made of concrete lined with mud.
India shares with Pakistan a 3,323- kilometer border, of which740 kilometers, corresponding to the line of control (dividing Kashmir), one of the most militarized areas in the world.

Local magistrate Abdul Sattar told RT’s video agency Ruptly that he believes the new “safe accommodation”
would keep local people from migrating. “{If} residents migrate from those areas in view of heavy shelling,
they can inhabit those community bunkers in safer places,” he said.
However, locals expressed mixed feelings about the project; “The construction of such bunkers increases the safety of the locals because whenever the shelling happens {we can hide inside}. The underground
bunkers which have been constructed will still be covered with a two to three -foot wall of earth as well,” Locals said, “These bunkers of ours will greatly increase our safety,” but another local of a different village, said that it would be better for Indian government to relocate civilians from the dangerous disputed territory.
Troops from both nations exchange fire in the LOC, causing several deaths and injuries, both civilian and military.
Both Islamabad and New Delhi accuse each other of initiating such clashes.
India accuses the Pakistani troops of opening fire in the areas a strategy to cover the separatist militants who infiltrate through the LOC in order to execute attacks in the national territory.
The Conflict in Kashmir began shortly after the partition in 1947 and continues to this day. India and Pakistan have fought wars over the disputed territory in 1947, 1965 and 1999. Cross-border fire and skirmishes have killed more than a dozen people since mid-November.

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