DRIVING DOWN Lucknow Cantonment is not going to be a lonely-boring affair any more as it?s in for a major face-lift. The Central Command, along with the Cantonment Board, has readied an ambitious plan for beautification of the area. Beautification would not just mean developing parks or landscapes, but shopping complexes and upgradation of walking plaza as well.
DRIVING DOWN Lucknow Cantonment is not going to be a lonely-boring affair any more as it’s in for a major face-lift. The Central Command, along with the Cantonment Board, has readied an ambitious plan for beautification of the area.
Beautification would not just mean developing parks or landscapes, but shopping complexes and upgradation of walking plaza as well.
Brig S K Khajuria, the Sub-Area Commander of the Central Command, has unveiled a number of plans that would transform the Cantonment into a ‘people’s hub’. And, these facilities will be extended to the civilians as well!
“The plan includes construction of a state-of-the-art stadium,” he said, adding that the existing buildings, including the library, would be improved. Even today, you would find more civilians in the walking plaza than Army personnel and their family members.
The entire project is expected to take three years for completion.
Discussing other feature of the project, the Sub-Area Commander said 2,000 houses, under the Married Accommodation Project (MAPs), would be constructed. This is to provide accommodation to 138 officers, 248 JCOs, 1,836 personnel of a rank lower than that of the officers-level.
Apart from housing facilities and commercial complexes, the Central Command and Cantonment Board have paid special attention to the existing sewage system. “The sewage disposal system also needs a re-look and efforts are on to introduce a much better and hygienic,” says the Brigadier.
The Sub-Area Office of the Central Command takes care of the welfare of the civilians, ex-servicemen and the separated families (these are the families soldiers from which, are performing their duties in far flung areas). “There are some 20,000 ex-servicemen in and around Lucknow,” said the Sub-Area Commander. He further added that the Sub-Area Office helps in getting ex-servicemen re-employed through the helpline. There are separate medical facilities for ex-servicemen. The Sub-Area Office is also responsible for providing small services including making vehicles available for emergency services. “There is provision also for scholarship schemes for ex-servicemen’s wards. For example, the Awadhi Scholarship Scheme is one of the major steps in this direction. There is a provision for scholarships for soldiers’ children from Class I to X,” he says.
As regards philanthropic work, the Sub-Area Commander says the Central Command intends to adopt physically challenged girl children so as to provide an equal platform to them. The Sub-Area Office, Central Command is running six schools for civilians living in and around the Cantonment. The schools are RA Bazar High School, RA Bazar Primary School, BC Bazar Junior High School, Mangala Devi Primary Girls School, Choti Lal Kuri Primary School and Rainbow School.
About security in the sensitive area like Cantonment, the Brigadier said regular meetings are held with the people’s representatives and the Cantonment Board officials so as to check the activities of illegal construction in the Cantonment.
Traffic rules are strictly followed in the Cantonment area. “There is no restriction for private vehicles in the Cantonment, but a strict vigil is kept by the military police and sometimes vehicles moving around in a suspicious manner are checked,” said the Sub-Area Commander. Traffic restrictions in Cantonment are only to prevent any untoward incident, he added.