The Chandigarh city’s only shooting arena which is known as Patiala ki Rao is going to have 300m shooting range soon. This would be the first 300m range in the region and second in North India.
The 300m range will not only provide platform to the budding shooters from the region but also will help in imparting critical training to police personnel which will further make them equipped to handle and use advanced weapons. It would also be a boost for BSF, ITBP, CRPF and Army personnel who can now train here rather than going to Gurugram – in the region.
The work has been going on and the wall is almost complete. The process of allocating the tender for further placement of waffles is underway. The coach at Patiala Ki Rao, Holinder Kumar a gold medallist shared that its great that the 300m range is getting ready soon. Professional players and police personnel would benefit a lot from it; now, they wouldn’t have to go to other places for training.
Once the waffles are in place, weapon simulators will be installed which would help in making practice easier and practice cost will also come down. Efforts will be made to further develop and equip this range with all the latest and modern facilities to make it one of the best shooting range in the region – if not in the country.
On January 28, 2013, the then Punjab governor and UT administrator Shivraj Patil had fired the inaugural shot to mark the inauguration of 300m shooting range at Patiala ki Rao Chandigarh. But, the scientists from Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL) of Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) recommended the upgradation of the wall and waffles for better safety and as a result further construction was necessary. The Patiala Ki Rao Chandigarh is said to be ready by the end of this year.