Year on, community bunkers along LoC in Uri still incomplete

Srinagar, August 08 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, construction of community bunkers along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector of Baramulla district is still incomplete after one year.

In July 2020, the Roads & Buildings Department floated tenders for 44 community bunkers in Uri. Among 44 no bidder file papers for eight and 32 were approved for Hajipeer sector and four for Boniyar Sector.

A local resident of Batgran Manzoor Ahmad said that at least 14 community bunkers were approved for the Charunda belt in which six were for Batgran villages.

“But unfortunately work on five bunkers is still incomplete in their village after the passing of one year,” he said.

He said that the three bunker’s trench were dug last October but till date further construction work of these bunkers has not been started and other two bunkers are also incomplete. He further said that digging of trenches in the area makes it a sliding zone which is a threat for residential areas.

“These days borders are silent after ceasefire agreement between Indo-Pak armies otherwise it is like hell to live on the LoC. Despite giving a number of reminders to the authorities urging them to complete the construction of bunkers earliest but it seems that they are not serious about completing the construction,” he said.

Lal Din Khatana, Sarpanch Charunda said that eight bunkers were approved for their village in which no work has started on three bunkers so far. “Other 5 are completed to slab and remaining work like plaster, saintry, washroom is still pending,” he said.

He said construction work of bunkers continued for only three months last year and this year no construction work took place in their village.

A local resident of Mothal village said that six bunkers were approved for their area in which the work of one bunkers has not been started while five other bunkers slab construction has been completed before four months. “But not a single person is able to live in the bunkers because sanitary, fitting and washroom facilities are still pending,” he said.