NSG’s Marol hub to get an un­der­ground fir­ing range

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Man­ish K Pathak ■ man­ish.pathak@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: Six years af­ter the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Guards (NSG) got per­ma­nently sta­tioned in Marol, the place will now get an un­der­ground in­door fir­ing fa­cil­ity. Per­son­nel of the elite com­mando force have been trav­el­ling around 23km, to the Pokhran fir­ing range in Thane since 2009, for their reg­u­lar prac­tice ses­sions — a time con­sum­ing af­fair con­sid­er­ing the dis­tance and city’s traf­fic.

Al­though op­er­a­tional for more than 6 years, the Marol base still does not have a fir­ing range as it is lo­cated in the midst of a thickly pop­u­lated area and there is al­ways the dan­ger of bul­lets mak­ing their way into res­i­den­tial com­plexes. The next best op­tion for the NSG was the State Re­serve Po­lice Force’s (SRPF) state-of–the-art fir­ing range at Jo­gesh­wari, but that was not made avail­able to the force.

While the con­struc­tion of the un­der­ground in­door fir­ing range has al­ready started, the chances of it run­ning into a road­block can’t be ruled out, con­sid­er­ing the wa­ter ta­ble of the land, which houses the hub, is pretty high, said sources in the min­istry of home affairs (MHA).

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