Firing RangeS AND MILITARY TRAINING ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

PART I

Firing Ranges

2. Establishment of Firing Ranges.

3. Use of Firing Ranges.

PART II

Military Training

4. Use of land, otherwise Firing Range for military training.

5. Execution of military Manoeuvres.

6. Powers exercisable for purposes of military Manoeuvres.

7. Power to close authorised roads.

8. Military Manoeuvres Commission.

PART III

Compensation

9. Compensation.

10. Claims for compensation.

11. Government Agent, to decide claims for compensation.

12. Tender of compensation.

13. Appeal against decisions of Government Agent.

14. Finality of decision of the Board.

15. Appeal against decision of Board to Court of Appeal on question of law.

16. Manner of payment of compensation.

PART IV

General

17. Regulations.

18. Offences.

19. Interpretation.

24 of 1951,

22 of 1955,

29 of 1953,

20 of 1979,

19 of 1986.

AN ACT to make provision for the establishment and the regulation of the use of Firing Ranges and for facilitating Military Training, and to provide for matters connected with or incidental to such provision.

[Date of Commencement: 13th August, 1951]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Firing Ranges and Military Training Act.

PART I

Firing Ranges

2. Establishment of Firing Ranges.

(1) The Minister may by Order establish a Firing Range—

(a) on any State land with the concurrence of the Minister in charge of the subject of State Lands, or

(b) on any land of which possession is taken or continued under the Requisitioning of Land Act, on the ground that the land is required for the purposes of use or occupation by the armed forces of Sri Lanka or any visiting force, or

(c) on any other land with the written consent of the owner thereof.

(2) An Order by which a Firing Range is established under subsection (1) shall specify the boundaries of such range.

3. Use of Firing Ranges.

(1) Any Firing Range may be used for such firing practice, and by such naval, military, air force or police force of Sri Lanka, as the Minister may by general or special Order determine.

(2) —

(a) Any naval, military or air force of any country other than Sri Lanka may, with the prior: written sanction of the Minister, use any Firing Range for such firing practice, during such period, and subject to such conditions as may be specified by the Minister.

(b) Any member of a rifle association in Sri Lanka, with the prior written sanction of the Secretary of the Ministry of the Minister in charge of the subject of Defence, use any Firing Range for such firing practice, during such period, and subject to such conditions, as may be specified by such Secretary.

[S 3 subs by s 2 of Act 19 of 1986.]

PART II

Military Training

4. Use of land, otherwise Firing Range for military training.

(1) The Minister may by Order, with the concurrence of the Minister in charge of the subject of State Lands, authorise the use of any State land for the purposes of military training and, with the written consent of the owner, authorise the use of any other land for such purposes.

(2) An Order under subsection (1) in respect of any land shall not authorise or be deemed to authorise the use of that land as a Firing Range.

5. Execution of military manoeuvres.

(1) Military manoeuvres for the purposes of military training may be executed—

(a) on any land in respect of which an Order under section 4 is in force, or

(b) in any area in respect of which an Order under subsection (2) of this section is in force.

(2) The Minister may by Order (hereinafter referred to as a "military manoeuvres Order”) authorise the execution of military manoeuvres for the purposes of military training by any such forces, within any such area and during any such period not exceeding one month, as may be specified in the Order:

Provided, however, that where military manoeuvres have been executed within any area in pursuance of any such Order, that area or any part thereof shall not within the period of three years from the date of that Order, be again specified in any subsequent Order unless the written consent of the owners of the lands situated within that area or part is obtained.

(3) The Minister may by a military manoeuvres Order authorise the execution of military manoeuvres by any force of any country other than Sri Lanka.

(4) The Minister shall specify in every military manoeuvres Order such lands, roads and sources of water in the authorised area as may be determined, in the manner hereafter provided in this Act, to be the lands, roads and sources of water which the authorised forces may use during the period of execution of military manoeuvres.

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