Residents of two villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in this border town have demanded construction of “individual bunkers” as the authorities have failed to finalise the bids of underground community bunkers.
The two villages, Sahura and Hathlanga fall on the “zero line” in forward area of Silikote and are the worst affected during the cross-LoC shelling.
Abdul Khaliq Bhat, Sarpanch of Silikote said two months have passed but the authorities were yet to start work on construction of community bunkers.
“They are yet to find any bidder for the construction of the bunkers,” he said. “We urged the authorities to approve construction of individual bunkers as no contractor is coming forward to take-up work on community bunkers.” he said
In a communication to Sub-District Magistrate (SDM) Uri, the Sarpanch has said that the tender for construction of the bunkers in Sahura and Hathlanga was yet to be finalised.
“No contractor is ready to take the construction of these bunkers. We demand individual bunkers for these two villages,” reads the communication.
The villagers also complained that the community bunkers were not being built at the “right locations.”
“Six community bunkers were allotted to village Mothal a month ago but two bunkers are being set up away from the village on the roadside which will not benefit the villagers,” said a local.
Residents of Thajal village said they too were being neglected as only two community bunkers have been allotted to them. “These bunkers are being built in one ward only,” they said.
The SDM Uri, Reyaz Ahmad Malik said he has recommended construction of individual bunkers in the two LoC villages.
“No bidder is coming forward to take up the construction work as the facilities are to be set up in the hilly areas,” he said. The SDM said they were also changing the locations of the bunkers at several places.