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Land mafia is spreading false information about abolition, says Pune Cantonment Board VP

Added that a delegation of the elected members will meet defence minister in connection with the propaganda.

pune Updated: Jul 17, 2018 16:51 IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune
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If the three cantonments in Pune are converted into Military Stations, then all roads inside these cantonments will be at the mercy of the Army Authorities, the members added.(HT File Photo)

The elected public representatives belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Priyanka Shrigiri, Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) vice-president, have termed the news related toabolition of cantonment boards in India and their merger with municipal corporations as anti democratic and anti public conspiracy by the land mafia. They added that a delegation of the elected members will meet defence minister in connection with the propaganda.

Shrigiri said that it is the statutory that the facts and future of any cantonment is to be decided as contained in Section 10, 11 and 12 of the Cantonments Act, 2006. It is a prominent Act passed by the Parliament and hence it is up to the government of India and the central Cabinet to take the necessary decision about the cantonment and not any department or organisation of the government of India.

The members further said that PCB has its glorious history and heritage in providing high quality civil services to the public. During the last few years, the Pune Cantonment Board has set its goal to be a smart cantonment and members said that they have achieved this target by executing so many public-oriented projects and services across the city.

Presently, the Pune Cantonment, Khadki Cantonment and Dehuroad Cantonment are the cantonment areas and if these areas are converted into Military Stations, then the residents of the area will have to live no less than in hell. Presently, two closed roads in Pune Cantonment area, identified as Right Flank Lines and Elliot Lines, have been opened, because it attracts the provision of Section 258 of the Cantonments Act, 2006. Other closed roads in and around College of Military Engineering (CME) have not been opened till date, because the Cantonment Act is not applicable there.

If these three cantonments are converted into Military Stations, then all roads inside these cantonments will be at the mercy of the Army Authorities, the members added. Present on the occasion were elected members, comprising Dilip Girimkar, Atul Gaikwad and Dr Kiran Mantri.

First Published: Jul 17, 2018 16:12 IST