|PUF insulated shelters, better infrastructure for CRPF in Valley|
New Delhi, Sept 22: Ahead of winters, the Centre has sanctioned setting up of over 40 pre-fabricated huts for paramilitary forces in the Kashmir valley, besides improving infrastructure in existing private house and hotels to keep its troops comfortable during the snow period, officials said here.
The move, which is indicative of a longer haul for paramilitary forces in the Valley, is likely to be implemented in the next few weeks as the winter season is expected to settle by the end of next month in Kashmir.
The prefabricated shelters would be insulated with Poly Urethane Foam (PUF) and priority would be given to those troops who are stationed in areas that get more snow, the officials said. Many CRPF companies were pushed into the Valley ahead of the Centre's decision of August 5 to withdraw special status to Jammu and Kashmir and also bifurcate it into two Union territories -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. The Union territories will come into being from October 31.
Apprehending a backlash following the move, the Centre had withdrawn paramilitary forces, especially the Central Reserve Police Force, from other areas and airlifted them to the Kashmir valley. However, there have been minor skirmishes since the withdrawal of special status to the state. The PUF hut, according to the officials, will have a special foam layer to insulate the interiors from the winter chill. Besides this, for the first time the CRPF has managed to secure a sanction for purchase of over two lakh coir mattresses which will be used by the jawans of the paramilitary force deployed in the Valley.
Earlier the personnel were sanctioned a 'darri' (thin mat) to sleep on during deployment. But, keeping in mind the harsh weather condition, the Ministry of Home Affairs accorded sanction to the CRPF's request for purchasing over two lakh coir mattresses for its jawans, the officials said.