Visakhapatnam is becoming hub for the Greyhounds training centre-cum- residential facility in the near future at a time when it is set to become the executive capital. There is a facility at Thimmapuram in Visakhapatnam and recently the government has allotted 385 acres of land at Jagannadhapuram village of Chandaka panchayat of Anandapuram mandal, to set up the new facility.
The Greyhounds forces was set up in 1989 by former IPS officer K.S.Vyas, and it is said to be one of the finest commando forces in the country that specialises in jungle warfare and counter-insurgency operations. Its success has prompted many states to set up similar units to tackle the CPI (Maoist) such as the Special Operations Group of Odisha and C-90 if Nagarashtra
Earlier, the state had decided to set up the headquarters in the proximity of the new capital Amaravati. Now, however, keeping in mind the hilly terrain which is suitable for training and operation of a force that deals exclusively with taking down naxals from Chhattisgarh in the AOB region, the state government has decided to locate the operational and training headquarters of the Greyhounds in Vizag while retaining the capital region as the administrative headquarters of the anti-naxal force.
The existing facility at Thimmapuram is spread over 300 acres, and its natural setting adds up as perfect simulation for jungle warfare training. Sources say that the present facility is good, but the operational or useable land is only spread over 50 to 60 acres. The land identified at Anandapuram can be utilised fully and will have a firing range too and can also house the training facility for Octopus, another counter-terrorist force that works on the lines of the National Security Guard (NSG).
However, once the facility is shifted to the new premises, what will become of the existing facility is a question that is doing the rounds. There are rumours that it may eventually house the Chief Minister’s Office and the DGP’s office once Viskahapatnam is made the Executive Capital. However, only time will tell as this has not been spelled out by authorities yet.
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