Closure of Belagavi Cantonment Imminent, as Military and Civilian Areas to be Merged with Local Municipality
The closure of Belagavi Cantonment is imminent, but the process will take some time, and no specific timeline has been issued yet. The district authorities have been informed of the various issues that need to be addressed before the closure can take place. Once the necessary state clearances are obtained, an order will be issued for the merger with the local municipality or city corporation.
The nation is set to undergo a significant transformation in the organization and management of its military and civilian areas. The Ministry of Defense has announced that all 62 cantonments in the country will be converted into military stations, while the civilian areas will merge with the respective municipalities. This decision aims to promote greater integration and cooperation between military and civilian populations while enhancing security and efficiency.
One of the first cantonments to be removed from the list is Yol, a scenic town located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. The move will enable civilians to access state government welfare schemes through the municipality, while the military area will be converted into a military station. The decision is expected to benefit both civilians and the military and marks a significant shift in the management of these areas.
The defense ministry issued a notification on April 27 regarding the change in the status of the cantonments. While the cantonment boards were previously managed by the Ministry of Defense’s Defense Estates Department, running them is now a state subject. The move is the first in a series of planned excisions of cantonments, with more towns set to follow.
This transformation is expected to bring about several benefits, including better integration between civilians and the military and greater access to government welfare schemes. It will also enhance the security and efficiency of military areas and promote greater cooperation between the military and the civilian administration. As Nation continues to evolve and grow, this decision is a step in the right direction toward more integrated and efficient management of its military and civilian areas.
Belagavi is a significant military hub in India, with several military establishments located in the area, including the MLIRC, JL Wing, and Commando Training Center. However, access roads to many of these facilities are shared, and a military station is in place in the fort. The civilian areas within the camp, such as the market bazaar area, and residential areas like High Street, Kondappa Street, etc., will be merged into the Belagavi City Corporation. Following the order, it is highly likely that the Belagavi Cantonment area would be made as one separate ward itself.
Belagavi Cantonment Set to Merge with Local Municipality in Effort to Promote Integration and Cooperation
The merger of the Belagavi Cantonment with the local municipality or city corporation is a significant step towards promoting greater integration and cooperation between the military and civilian populations in the area. The move is expected to benefit both civilians and the military, enhancing access to government welfare schemes and improving the security and efficiency of military areas. As the closure of Belagavi Cantonment draws nearer, authorities will undoubtedly work to ensure a smooth transition for all involved.
|Classification||Land description||Managed by|
|A1||In active occupation of the Forces and allied services.||Local Military Authorities of the Service concerned.|
|A2||Vacant land which must not be built upon due to specific military reasons||Defence Estates Officer.|
|B1||Land owned by the Ministry but in occupation of any other Ministry of the Central Government||The Ministry is concerned in the occupation of land|
|B2||Land owned by the Ministry but under the control of the State Government.||State Government concerned in occupation of land.|
|B3||Land held by private persons under Old Grant terms, leases, etc. under which the Central Government reserved or has reserved to themselves the proprietary rights in the land.||Defence Estates Officer|
|B4||Land which does not fall under any other class mentioned above||Defence Estates Officer.|
|C||Land vested in a Cantonment Board for Municipal or other public purposes.||Cantonment Board|
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