Water logging in bunkers constructed in border belt of Rajpura Tehsil of Samba district turned useless for the residents living along International Border (IB) to make themselves secure from unprovoked Pakistan firing. More than 800 bunkers were constructed in Samba district out of which some of the bunkers turn water logged due to construction deficiencies.
The water has logged in many of bunkers up to two feet due to rainfall and water leakage from walls and seepages from ground inside the bunker caused serious problems to people taking refuge there during firing from across the border. Some people have set water pumps to deplete water from bunkers. The border residents said that whenever the water is depleted from bunkers, it again gets accumulated within minutes. In such circumstances how can they take shelter inside the bunkers, they asked?.
Some border resident said that the bunkers are constructed for safety and security of border residents. But 50% bunkers have turned useless due to water logging, even the snakes and other inspect are also staying in these bunkers. On the one side Pakistan firing creates terror and on the other side rainfall creates havoc. In such circumstances how can we secure themselves’, they asked?.
They said the Government needs to change the design of bunkers and repair the defected bunkers immediately so that border residents can take shelter with their family members during the firing and don’t face any problem as the regular firing is going on in Hiranagar Sector. The border residents also alleged that in some bunkers sub standard material has been used and some bunkers were not constructed up to the mark. The construction agency did not bother to select the genuine location to construct the bunkers as bunkers were constructed in paddy field or water logged area.