Minister of Defence Shri AK Antony in separate written replies to Shri Suresh Angadi and Smt. Deepa Dasmunsi in Lok Sabha today stated that “Presently, there is no proposal to construct a Baffle Range in Belgaum. No land has been acquired in Belgaum during the last 30 years.”
The minister in his reply also stated that, “Compound walls are constructed based on security & administrative requirements of station as part of Annual Major Works Programme (AMWP) which includes construction of compound wall.”
MP Suresh Angadi has been pressing for a baffle range in Belgaum and in September 2011 such a proposal was also put forth by the DC to the army officials. The Suresh Angadi Education Foundation’s Angadi Institute of Technology and Management (AITM) have been built next the firing range on Survey No. 72/73, which lies in the danger zone in the “Baghdad-Asmara field firing ranges”. The said area has been notified as a firing range in the Karnataka Gazette notification of February 10, 1981.
A Baffle Range has baffles on either side and above the range floor intended to help prevent shots leaving the range. A baffle range provides for a secure firing range with a perimeter — series of walls surrounding the target area.