RTI application reveals regular firing training half a kilometre from wildlife sanctuary
An application filed under the RTI Act has revealed that a firing range exists at half a kilometre distance from the Mityala Wildlife Sanctuary in Amreli (Gujrat) where the police regularly hold arms training. Mityala was declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary in 2004 while the firing range has been in existence for 11 years. It has been claimed that the guns affect the peace and tranquility of the area while hindering the movement of the lion. Forest department has not granted any permission for the firing range.
In the Jim Corbett National park, the Uttarkhand government has banned high decibel sounds in an area 500 metres around the park as loud sound affects the animal behaviour pattern. Wild life activists have taken up the matter with the Gujrat government for the shifting of the firing range.