Defence Park concept can highlight city’s vital role in national security

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Feb 2018 10:48:54


 

By Ashish Rajput,

Defence establishments should take initiative to develop a Defence Park in Jabalpur to add a unique attraction for tourists. The Mayor assured to provide necessary assistance to establish the park: Mayor Dr Swati Godbole

 

HOUSING prestigious defence establishments, the city can surely highlight its significance with establishment of a Defence Park which can also prove a major tourism attraction for visitors.


The unique concept of Defence Park would showcase city’s vital role in national security. Along with abundance of natural, religious and historic attractions, Jabalpur is also known as hub of defence production and services with establishment of Ordnance Factory Khamaria (OFK), Gun Carriage Factory (GCF), Vehicle Factory Jabalpur (VFJ), Grey Iron Foundry (GIF), 506 Army Base Workshop, Central Ordnance Depot (COD), EME, headquarters of Madhya Bharat Area, Jammu and Kashmir Rifles Regimental Centre (JAK RRC), The Grenadiers Regimental Centre (GRC), 1 Signals Training Centre (1 STC), College of Materials Management (CMM) and Zonal Recruitment Office of MP & CG. These defence establishments on several occasions organise various programmes to introduce themselves as key components of national security amongst common people.


There is need to develop a common platform to bring together the products and information about these defence establishments under one roof. Along with developing patriotic spirit amongst residents, the Defence Park will also encourage youngsters towards defence services.


Mayor Dr Swati Godbole, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’, said that defence establishments should take initiative to develop a Defence Park in Jabalpur to add a unique attraction for tourists. She assured to provide necessary assistance from Jabalpur Municipal Corporation for establishment of the park and develop it as a major tourist attraction. OFK Senior GM Arvind Kumar Agarwal also expressed need to develop a common platform to showcase significance of defence establishments in Jabalpur. He informed that requirement of defence material for the park can be collected from OFK, GCF, VFJ and GIF from their scrap which are actually rare to be witnessed for common people.

Ordnance Factories in Jabalpur produce ammunition, guns, vehicles and other components, while Army regiments prepare soldiers for security of the country. Several historic defence weapons, vehicles and equipment used at different battle fields are stored in scrap in Ordnance Factories which can be showcased under one roof for common people.