Military cantonments to be settled away from urban population

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Top officials discussed important in the conference of military commanders.

Army made software on its own, Army Chief Naravane launched it.

New Delhi, 30 October: Army cantonments, military installations and old houses built before independence in the country will be relocated.

This is being done because they were settled away from the population before independence, but in these 70 years, they have all come among the population of the city, so now it is planned to shift them from the civilian population.

However, the biggest challenge in relocating away from the city is the problem of land. The Indian Army has created software to keep transparency in the entire plan and to manage the infrastructure which has been launched by Army Chief Manoj Mukund Narwane.

The Army has 64 Cantonment Boards in India divided into four parts. In the first category, more than fifty thousand population, in the second category more than ten thousand but less than fifty thousand, in the third category more than two thousand five hundred but less than ten thousand and in the fourth category cantonments having a population up to two thousand five hundred is kept.

The Cantonment Boards cater to the basic needs of public health, water supply, sanitation, primary education and street lighting in the military sector. Since all the resources are owned by the Government of India, it cannot levy any tax. The Government of India provides financial assistance to them.

State-wise, the number of 64 cantonment boards in the state is 07 in Himachal, two each in Jammu and Kashmir and Tamil Nadu, one each in Delhi, Haryana, Bihar, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Odisha, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana and Gujarat, Punjab, three in Rajasthan, 09 in Uttarakhand, 05 in Madhya Pradesh, 13 in Uttar Pradesh, 07 in Maharashtra, 04 military cantonments in West Bengal.

Prior to the independence of the country, military establishments along with all these military cantonments were also located away from the city so that the activities of the army were away from the urban population.

During these 70 years, the population of the cities increased and the municipal areas continued to expand, but the military cantonments remained in place. As a result, at present, army cantonments, military installations and old housing have come in the middle of the urban population.

The army spokesman said that now the government has plans to re-establish army cantonments, military installations and vintage dwellings away from the civilian population.

It is not easy to rebuild the army’s infrastructure because the biggest problem in resettling away from the city is bringing about land. This process is cumbersome and time consuming involving many agencies.

Presently all the tasks like availability of land, planning and monitoring of works, environmental protection and responsive quarterly policies towards infrastructure development and management are done by hand, which is not only time consuming but also inefficient.

At the four-day Military Commanders’ Conference held in Delhi, the issue was discussed with top Army officials, after which the Indian Army launched the ‘Infrastructure Management System (IMS)’ to speed up the task, to create a strong, transparent working system.

It has been launched by Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Narwane during the Commander’s Conference. With the help of this developed software, work will be done to re-establish army cantonments, military installations and old houses.