Kolkata Police sets up Olympic-standard shooting range for public
Kolkata Police (KP) has set up a modern indoor shooting range of Olympic standard, equipped with electronic target system, for everyone’s use. It was opened to the public on November 11. This is a first-of-its-kind shooting range not only in Kolkata, but in the entire eastern India.
It is located at the Police Training School (PTS) on 247 AJC Bose Road.
According to a post on KP’s Facebook page, the shooting range has been opened with a view to promote shooting as a sport and to provide opportunity to the common people.
Specifically, as the DC (Traffic), who is in charge of the whole process, said during the opening, the primary focus is on creating world-class shooters from Bengal. Bengal has talent; Kolkata Police is just trying to give an opportunity to those talents.
Applications have to be made online. The participants are selected through a draw of lots. Till now, 600 applications have been submitted.
A nominal fee of Rs 100 is charged towards the cost of ammunition and maintenance. For those seriously interested in pursuing the sport, facility for practice is offered at Rs 200 per month.