In a closed door meet held today the fate of Suresh Angadi Education Foundation’s Angadi Institute of Technology and Management (AITM) was kept in the hanging again.
Senior officials headed by Maj.Gen.B.S. Sachar, VSM, Additional Director General, Military Training(A), Ministry of Defence, New Delhi held meeting with DC Ekroop Caur on the issue of the college coming into defense land which is used as a firing range.
The DC Mrs.Caur asked if a “Baffle range” could be built there, and Suresh Angadi is also suggesting the same from a long time.
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. The first firing range with a baffle range in India was in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh.
In the meeting other issues relating to the Cantonment and civilians were also discussed and the officials said that they physically visit the site of the college and then submit a report.
In other issues discussed were that of the removal of the Canteen at Ashoka Circle, development of the Fort and co-ordination of the Cantonment- Civic authorities in building and repairs of roads.
Background of the issue: The Suresh Angadi Education Foundation’s Angadi Institute of Technology and Management (AITM) have been built amidst a 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.
In November 2009, the MLIRC officials had written to the district administration asking how permission was granted for the construction of the college without their consent.
The office of the Deputy Commissioner had granted permission for conversion of land purchased from private individuals. The land in question falls in an area notified the firing range. The permission for conversion of land for non-agricultural purpose was given on the condition that it (permission) would be withdrawn if there were any objection from the Indian Army. The site is a notified as a firing range under the Karnataka Gazette and hence any building on that site will be illegal.