Belagavi: The Bagdad Asmara Field Firing Range, attached to the city has turned one of the major hurdles for the development of the Belagavi, especially for the ring road and to take-up, other infrastructure development works.
Shifting of the firing range is the long pending demand of Belagavits and people of nine villages facing inconvenience by it. Union minister of state for railways Suresh Angadi, being an MP from Belagavi raised the issue several times in the parliament but in vain. However, with the Angadi has become a union minister now, his efforts have been continuing for the same.
On Tuesday, Suresh Angadi held a discussion along with Chief of Army Staff Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane at Rail Bhavan, New Delhi. During the meeting, Angadi briefed the officer about ameliorate concerns and inconvenience being caused to the residents of Belagavi and surrounding villagers due to the firing range.
Minister Angadi tweeted that, “the meeting with the army chief officer was fruitful and he assured of all assistance. We will strive to balance the paramount requirement of preparedness of defense personnel and that of the development of roads and public infrastructure around Belagavi to make it smart city”.
Army has occupied around 7,469 acres area for the firing range, in which 1,302 acres is government land while the remaining 6,167 acres belong to private people. The area is situated in the limits of nine villages- Savagoan, Mandoli, Hangarga, Benakanalli, Bamanwadi, Kuttalwadi, Navage, Bokanur, and Bijagarni. The villagers who staged protest several times say there is always a danger of hitting stray bullets while passing through the PWD road which passes through the firing range.