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Rain wreaks havoc at Karni Range

india Updated: Aug 26, 2010 00:03 IST
Ajai Masand

The unrelenting rain, coupled with faulty construction at the Karni Singh Shooting Ranges, has resulted in "massive damage" to the shotgun and 50m ranges.

Sources told HT that top Sports Authority of India (SAI) and CPWD officials had visited the complex on Monday to review the damage at the range, which is one of the venues for the Commonwealth Games.

Shotgun marksmen, undergoing selection trials for the CWG, said the condition was "extremely grim" and the entire complex was in a "bad shape". The venue is still out of bounds for the public despite it being dedicated to the nation by Sports Minister, MS Gill.

Range administrator, Manmeet Singh Goindi, who has been in-charge for the last couple of years and oversaw the construction work and layout of the complex, said, "Ask those people who are complaining."

A shooter said, "Major cracks had appeared on Range 1 and 3 near station 7 of skeet. The entire area around the "high house" (in skeet) on the two ranges has sunk and it will have to be rebuilt. One of the high houses is tilting and can fall on a shooter during practice."

The underground machines that throw clay pigeons in various directions too have borne the brunt of the rain. "It had to happen as the shuttering was not done probably. Water has seeped into the panels and wiring and some of the machines cannot be operated," said another shooter.

"The trap trials, initially scheduled on Ranges 1, 2, and 3, were finally held on two ranges (1 and 3) as the machines on 2 malfunctioned. The approach road to the shotgun site has also sunk and pavements on either sides have cracked," said another shooter.

If that isn't enough, the 50m range is "perhaps one of the most severely damaged areas in the complex". "The false ceiling has collapsed at many places. It has also fallen on the field of play. The roof is leaking everywhere and the rooms are damp," said the marksman, adding, "It's the same story everywhere."

Special Officer, CWG, HS Kingra, conceded the ranges had sunk at some places, and put the blame on the broadcasting people. "They cut the reinforcements (RCC) at some places without authorisation leading to the cracks.”

He also admitted that water had seeped into the 50m ranges. "The roofs didn't have proper down-pipe facility leading to accumulation of water." A team of the Organising Committee is to visit the venue on Thursday.