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The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to go ahead with construction of bunkers in Jammu through Central Public Works Department (CPWD). Soon after the MHA, which had approved Rs 415.71 crore for construction of 1431 community and 13092 individual bunkers on December 14, 2017, decided to allot work to Central Government's construction agency, the CPWD, for speedy execution of the project, the Jammu and Kashmir Government had shot off a letter to the MHA saying the State was competent to undertake the project through its construction agencies. The MHA after giving due thought to the State Government request, has decided to go ahead with construction of bunkers by the CPWD as it believed that the Central construction agency would be able to implement the project speedily. The CPWD was earlier also engaged with several projects along the International Border including fencing and had experience of working there. Work on construction of bunkers would begin simultaneously in all five border districts once the State Government submits the list of locations, where community and individual bunkers for the border dwellers will be constructed.
Rajnath had announced a total of 19,000 individual and 4700 community bunkers for the people of five border districts of Jammu region during his visit to Nowshera sector on the Line of Control on his four-day tour of Jammu and Kashmir from September 9 to 12, 2017. Out of 19,000 individual bunkers, the Union Home Minister has cleared construction of 13029 bunkers and out of 4700 community bunkers, 1431 have been cleared for construction. Construction of bunkers had been a long standing demand made by the BJP even when the party was not in power. However, it was only the Modi Government which took cognizance of the demand and moved forward on it. Not only this, sources said, initially the plan was to construct only the Community bunkers, but on a demand from certain sections for construction of Individual bunkers, the Union Home Ministry decided to fund a combination of both Community bunkers as well as Individual bunkers, as and where feasible. It may be mentioned here that during his four-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir from September 9 to 12 this year, Rajnath had also visited Nowshera sector along the LoC in Rajouri district, which was then worst affected by Pakistan army's mortar shelling and firing, and announced construction of 19,000 individual and 4700 community bunkers for the border dwellers of five districts. He had announced that cost of all bunkers would be borne by the MHA.

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