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Pune Cantonment Board



Pune Cantonment, also known as Pune Camp, is a military cantonment located in Pune, Maharashtra in India. It was established in 1817 for accommodating troops of the British Indian Army. The cantonment houses many military establishments. It is also known for its many shopping locations like MG Road and East Street. The headquarters of Indian Army's Southern CommanAd is located in Pune Cantonment. The National War Memorial Southern Command which commemorates the sacrifice of soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces is also situated in the cantonment.

Brief History Of The Cantonment The British Indian

Army already had a small encampment west of the Mula River in Khadki. As more troops were required to be accommodated, a larger area was occupied to the west of the Mutha River, leading to the establishment of the Pune Cantonment in 1817  for accommodating troops of the British Indian Army. The villages of Mali, Munjeri, Wanowrie and Ghorpuri (Ghorpadi) were selected for this purpose.[4] Initially, a garrison for 4,620 troops was planned for the cantonment. This included two European regiments, a mountain battery, a native cavalry and three native regiments.
 A central belt of 130 acres (0.53 km2) was designated for training and drills. The firing ranges were located at Golibar Maidan. Soon a large number of civilians began settling in the area. This was encouraged since civilians provided services to troops garrisoned in the cantonment.

The limit of the cantonment was extended in 1822. In 1963, Ghorpuri Village (Ghorpadi) and Fatima Nagar were merged into cantonment area. The limit of the cantonment was again extended in the same year when Mundhwa village was included in the cantonment.

At present, the Cantonment is divided into 08 wards and is governed by the Cantonments Act, 2006 and various Policy letters and Instructions of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Government of India issued from time to time. Though the Board functions as a local municipal body, yet it is under the administrative control of Directorate General Defence Estates (DGDE), New Delhi and Principal Director, Defence Estates, Southern Command, Pune. 

The Cantonment Board consists of eight elected Members, three nominated Military Members, three Ex-officio Members (Station Commander, Garrison Engineer and senior executive Medical Officer), one representative of the District Magistrate. An officer of the Indian Defence Estates Services which is a central civil service is posted as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as well as the member secretary of the Board. The board is headed by the President Cantonment Board (PCB) who is the Station Commander and also presides over the meetings of the cantonment board. The term of the elected Members is of 5 years. The Vice President is elected from amongst the elected. 


As a local municipal body, the Cantonment strives to ensure that the residents receive all the necessary facilities such as education, sanitation, public health, street lights water supply and birth and death registration.

Functions and Duties of the Board

Duties of Board. -It shall be duty of every [Board], so far as the funds at its disposal permit, to make reasonable provision within the cantonment for-

  • Lighting streets and other public places

  • Watering streets and other public places

  • Cleansing streets, public places and drains, abating nuisances and removing noxious vegetation

  • Regulating offensive, dangerous or obnoxious trades, callings and practices

  • Removing, on the ground of public safety, health or convenience, undesirable obstructions and projections in streets and other public places

  • Securing or removing dangerous buildings and places

  • Acquiring, maintaining, changing and regulating places for the disposal of the dead

  • Constructing, altering and maintaining streets, culverts, markets, slaughter-houses, latrines, privies, urinals, drains, drainage works and sewerage works 2[and regulating their use

  • Planting and maintaining trees on roadsides and other public places

  • Providing or arranging for a sufficient supply of pure and wholesome water, where such supply does not exist, guarding from pollution water used for human consumption, and preventing polluted water from being so used

  • Registering births and deaths

  • Establishing and maintaining a system of public[vaccination and inoculation

  • Establishing and maintaining or supporting public hospitals and dispensaries, and providing public medical relief,

  • Establishing and maintaining [or assisting] primary schools

  • Rendering assistance in extinguishing fires, and protecting life and property when fires occur

  • Maintaining and developing the value of property vested in, or entrusted to the management of the Board

  • Establishing and maintaining civil defence services

  • Preparing and implementing town planning schemes

  • Fulfilling any other obligation imposed upon it by or under this Act or any other law for the time being in force.

116A. Power to manage property. -A [Board] may, subject to any conditions imposed by the Central Government, manage any property entrusted to its management by the Central Government on such terms as to the sharing of rents and profits accruing from such property as may be determined by rule made under section 280

Discretionary functions of Board.

A Board may, within the cantonment, make provision for-

  • Laying out in areas, whether previously built upon or not, new streets, and acquiring land for that purpose and for the construction of buildings, and compounds of buildings, to abut on such streets

  • Reclaiming unhealthy localities

  • Furthering educational objects by measures other than the establishment and maintenance of primary schools

  • Taking a census and granting rewards for information which may tend to secure the correct registration of vital statistics

  • Making a survey

  • Giving relief on the occurrence of 3[local epidemics, floods, famines or other natural calamities] by the establishment or maintenance of relief works or otherwise

  • Securing or assisting to secure suitable places for the carrying on of any offensive, dangerous or obnoxious trade, calling or occupation

  • Establishing and maintaining a farm or other place for the disposal of sewage

  • Constructing, subsidising or guaranteeing tramways or other means of locomotion, and electric lighting or electric power works

  • Establishing and maintaining cattle pounds

  • Arranging for civic reception with prior approval of the Officer Commanding-in Chief, the Command

  • Providing housing accommodation for any class of inhabitants

  • Establishing and maintaining or supporting public hospitals and dispensaries, and providing public medical relief,

  • Celebrating Independence Day and Republic Day and incurring expenditure thereon

  • Developing land resources under the management of the Board

  • Preparing and implementing group housing schemes

  • Establishing remunerative projects

  • Developing small-scale and cottage industries

  • Adopting any measure, other than a measure specified in section 116 or in the foregoing provisions of this section, likely to promote the safety, health or convenience of the inhabitants of the cantonment

  • A Board may, either within or outside the cantonment, make provision for the doing of anything on which expenditure is declared by the Central Government, or by the Board with the sanction of the Central Government, to be an appropriate charge on the cantonment fund.

117A. Power of expenditure for educational purposes outside the cantonment. -A [Board] may make provision for educational objects outside the cantonment if it is satisfied that the interests of the residents of the cantonment will be served thereby

Board Members

Sr.No. Name Designation Ward
1 BRIG. KULJEET SINGH President Cantonment Board -
2 Shri. Vivek Mahadeo Yadav Vice-President V
3 Shri. Amit Kumar, (CEO) Member-Secretary -
4 Brig. P. S. K. Patel, (SEMO) Ex-Officio Member -
5 Col. A. P. Singh, Col (Q) Nominated Member -
6 Col. Chetan Vasdev, Col(Q) Nominated Member -
7 Col. Shrirang Dhamankar Nominated Member -
8 Maj. Harish Kumar, GE(N) Ex-Officio Member -
9 District Magistrate Ex-Officio Member -
10 Smt. Rupali Shailendra Bidkar Elected Member I
11 Shri. Ashok Dyaneshwar Pawar Elected Member II
12 Shri. Dilip Madhukar Giramkar Elected Member III
13 Shri. Atul Vinayak Gaikwad Elected Member IV
14 Smt. Priyanka Rajesh Shrigiri Elected Member VIII
15 Shri. Vinod Motilal Mathurawala Elected Member VI
16 Dr. Kiran Tushar Mantri Elected Member VII All Rights Reserved