SRINAGAR: The Union Territory of Ladakh plans to declare a field firing range in the Drass area of Kargil district, covering 5.69 lakh Kanals of land. The UT administration has issued a notification inviting objections from the general public.
The notification, issued by Umang Narula, advisor to LG Ladakh and administrative secretary, Home of the Union Territory, stated that objections must be communicated to the Deputy Commissioner of Kargil within two months from the date of issuance.
The Ladakh administration plans to allow field firing and artillery practice on a 5,69,911 Kanals and 17 Marlas area in village Matayen Kharu, district Kargil for five years, according to a proposal issued under sub-section (3) of section 9 of the Maneuvers, Field Firing and Artillery Practice Act, 1938.
The law requires that the State/UT administration issue an intention notice before designating an area as a field firing range for use by the forces. In 2017, the government of the former state of Jammu & Kashmir designated an area of 4,80,000 Kanals (60,000 acres) located at Mandalthang, Shayok in Durbuk sub-division, Leh district as a field firing range for five years. (KNO)