Gill asks to finish construction of shooting range by Jun '09

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New Delhi, Jun 17 (UNI) Forseeing the home advantage in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Sports Minister M S Gill today instructed the engineers associated with the construction work of the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range to speed up the process so that the Indian shooters can practice on new ranges by June 2009.

Dr Gill made a field visit to Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range here today to review the progress of work for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

During his visit to the 71 acre National Shooting Range, Dr Gill had detailed discussions with the officials of the Sports ministry, Sports Authority of India (SAI), CPWD, Organising Committee and National Rifle Association about the construction of shooting ranges.

He also told to engineers that the construction phases should be planned in such a way that it does not interfere with current coaching and practice.

Commenting about the work progress, Dr Gill said, ''SAI is to be complemented for the forestation done in the area and its good upkeep.'' ''The construction plans already approved in January 2008 worth Rs 65 crore to make the ranges fit for the Commonwealth Games and other world level competitions were examined in the meeting. I will be regularly inspecting the area after every two months to see the actual progress at the field level,'' he added.

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