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Moving away from British-Era Concept of Cantonment Towns: Ajay Bhatt

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By Our Staff Reporter

New Delhi, 24 Jul: In order to bring uniformity in municipal laws governing civil areas of Cantonments and adjoining State Municipal areas, it has been decided to consider excising civil areas of certain Cantonments and merging them with neighbouring State municipalities. Accordingly, broad modalities for proposed excision of civil areas in 58 Cantonments have been shared with

State Governments concerned for their comments. These Cantonments state-wise are as follows:

Danapur, Bihar; Delhi; Ahmedabad, Gujarat; Ambala, Haryana; Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh; Dagshai, Dalhousie, Jutogh, Kasauli, Subathu, Himachal Pradesh; Ramgarh, Jharkhand; Belgaum, Karnataka; Cannanore, Kerala; Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh; Mhow, Morar, Pachmarhi, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh; Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Dehuraod,

Deolali, Kamptee, Khadki, Pune, Maharashtra; Shillong, Meghalaya; Amritsar, Ferozepur,

Jalandhar, Punjab; Ajmer, Nasirabad, Rajasthan;

St Thomas Mount, Wellington, Tamil Nadu; Secunderabad, Telangana; Agra, Allahabad, Babina, Bareilly, Ayodhya, Fatehgarh, Jhansi,

Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Shahjahanpur, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh; Almora, Clement Town, Dehradun, Landour, Lansdowne, Nainital, Ranikhet, Roorkee, Uttarakhand; Barrackpore, Jalapahar, and Lebong, West Bengal.

One Cantonment namely, KhasYol has already been de-notified

The excision of civil areas and their merger with State Municipalities involves active consultation and concurrence of the concerned State Governments. Therefore, it is not feasible to provide any time-frame for its implementation.

Various representations have been received from public and elected representatives, and also from few State Governments requesting excision of civil areas from Cantonments.

There is no bar on implementation of State Government schemes by State Governments in Cantonment areas. All State Governments are already extending benefit of various schemes to the residents in Cantonments.

This information was provided by Raksha Rajya Mantri Ajay Bhatt in a written reply to Jaggesh in the Rajya Sabha today.