Govt re-notifies firing range with riders

The state home department has re-notified the Kaleeth firing range in Jammu province for army’s artillery practice, though with certain riders including that it should not be used during school examination.
Govt re-notifies firing range with riders
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The state home department has re-notified the Kaleeth firing range in Jammu province for army's artillery practice, though with certain riders including that it should not be used during school examination. 

The army had lost the right to use this range for firing practice in 2014. It can now use the land till 2024. 

The government, however, this time has asked the army not to conduct firing practice during school examinations, harvest/sowing season and on public/gazetted holidays.

The army has been asked to take all possible measures to prevent loss of life and damage to livestock, property and standing crops.

The other condition in the notification is that the army "shall make adequate arrangements for medical facilities including doctors and ambulances during the days notified for firing".

This is the fourth notification issued by the government since 2015 to authorise the central forces to use land for artillery practice. In December 2015, the government allowed the army to carry out artillery practice in Garhi area of Rajouri.

In March this year, the government authorised the Army to use 4,80,000 kanals (60,000 acres) situated at Mandalthang, Shayok in Durbuk area in Leh district for five years.

In May-June, the government had also re-notified a firing range spread over 82 kanals in village Bapli Lote of Udhampur.

Before 2014, the central forces used 10 locations as firing ranges in J&K but they forfeited these rights after expiry of stipulated notification period.

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