Ahmedabad: The Gujarat administration will soon set up a Commando Training Unit (CTU) in Kheda district on the lines of National Security Guards (NSG). The Centre is envisioned to train commandos and is part of the Police Upgradation Programme of the Centre.
This CTU is being set up in Khalal village in Kathlal taluka of the district on banks of river Vatrak and has been approved under the 13th Finance Commission. The land to build the training unit would be provided by the state government, while the other infrastructure would be financed by the Union government, said Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Training, Fazal Guard.

"There is a need for trained commands in Gujarat. Presently the training is being done at the Police Academy in Karai, Gandhinagar. We need much bigger ground and facility for commando training. The Karai Police Academy, spread in 24 acres land is not sufficient enough. Hence, an exclusive unit is being set up," Guard told media.

According to the ADGP, over 150 acres of land has already been allotted by the state government for the CTU but the final paper work was under process.

"The CTU is likely to become operational within 5-6 months time," Guard said.

He also stated that they were in the process of preparing a master plan for the training Centre which will have trainers coming from the NSG units.

The CTU would have different training tracks, jungle trails, and other infrastructure with latest modules for commando training, preparing them to combat any kind of attack be it rioting or hostage situation.

Besides training commandos from Gujarat they would also make this facility available for personnel from other states on case-to-case basis.

Guard said at the Karai police Academy they have already trained 2,000 commandos from Bihar and Jharkhand over the past few years.