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Posted at: Jun 13, 2018, 12:03 AM; last updated: Jun 13, 2018, 12:03 AM (IST)

IAF seeks nod for firing range near Munshiyari

IAF seeks nod for firing range near Munshiyari

Tribune News Service

Dehradun, June 12

Indian Air Force has sought permission from Uttarakhand for setting up of a firing range near Munshiyari in the border Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand.

A delegation of senior Air Force officials from Central Command on Tuesday met Uttarkhand Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and requested the state government to grant permission for setting up of a firing range near Munisiyari. The range will be used for target practice from air to land.

During the IAF delegation’s meeting with the Chief Minister, Wing Commander Ashutosh Mishra giving details of the project disclosed that a joint survey with local administration had already been done. He apprised that the site selected for firing practice is away from the populated area and also asserted that only low intensity bombs are to be used for target practice which only shed light and smoke.

He pointed out that the firing practice would cause no harm to the environment. Wing Commander Ashutosh Mishra also disclosed that it would be only three weeks in a year that the area will be used for firing practice. He also held that Indian Air Force will be responsible for removing the used bombs during the exercises.

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