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Shooting range missing the mark
Anupma Tripathi, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 18, 2011
First Published: 00:28 IST(18/7/2011)
Last Updated: 01:03 IST(18/7/2011)

It’s back to square one.

Last year in August, unfinished work, monsoon rains and even an incident of roof collapse led skeptics to write off the Karni Singh Shooting Range as an organisational disaster.  The government later got its act together and managed to put up a decent show during the Commonwealth Games.

Nine months on, the story has again taken a U-turn to stand from where it all started.

A tour around this huge range spread over an area of 72 acres, with the Adilabad Fort forming the backdrop, quickly reveals the flaws in this state-of-the-art facility.

Ominous signs

The seepage in the walls of the buildings erected only last year is an ominous sign and speaks volumes of the lack of maintenance and official apathy.

Though the ranges are in usable condition, the officials may need a wake up call to understand that the infrastructure worth R150 crore won't last without adequate attention. The 50 metre shooting range looks clean but what is appalling is the deteriorating condition of the complex.

Seepage in walls is a common sight the moment you enter the building. The lavatories haven't been cleaned since the Games and the floors haven't been swept.

Even the corridor that runs through the building reveals the tell-tale signs of poor maintenance.

Same story

Enter the 25metre shooting range and you are welcomed by broken target boards. The building is plagued by the problem of seepage and the unusable lavatories. The story is no different at the double-trap and skeet ranges. The seating area for the participants looks run down with the sheds probably brought down by recent rains.

The only saving grace is the 10m Range (pistol, rifle), which is open for all under the government's ‘Come and Play’ scheme where general public can now use this facility at the cost of Rs. 500 per month.

Beginners can hire weapons at Rs. 30 per hour available inside the range.

But it’s time the government paid heed to the stadium which made the country proud during the Games and earned praise from one and all.

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