Army proposes to set up firing range at Dholera SIR

The firing range will be used for development and testing of weapons and defence exercises. (EXPRESS PHOTO BY PRAVEEN KHANNA)

The Gujarat government has earmarked over 200 square kilometres of land to set up a firing range at Dholera SIR (Special Investment Region), based on a proposal received from the Indian Army.

The firing range will be used for testing of weapons.

“It will be a five-kilometre wide and 25-kilometre long patch,” Jai Prakash Shivhare, Managing Director of Dholera Industrial City Development Limited (DICDL), told media persons on Thursday on the sidelines of the 2nd Gujarat Aviation Conclave 2019.

“It will be used for testing of weapons which will be developed. The project was taken up after we got a request from the Indian Army,” he said.

“There are only a few firing ranges in India, including the ones at Pokharan and one at Balasore. Most of the times, these firing ranges are occupied and there is a long queue for tests to be done,” Shivhare said.

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The proposal for the firing range was moved by the Indian Army. (Express Photo by Ashish Kale)

The IAS officer said that the Gujarat government had got a similar proposal from the Baba Kalyani Group.

“Initially we were looking at two sites, one in Kutch and the other in Dholera. We have zeroed in on Dholera,” said Shivhare, adding that the proposed firing range will be open to private players too.

The 200-square kilometers of land that has been identified for the purpose is…

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