Landour Cantonment Board clears revised budget for the year 2018-19

Landour Cantonment Board revised budget

Ajay Ramola


Mussoorie, May 12

The Landour Cantonment board cleared the revised budget of Rs 8 crore 21 Lakh and 24 thousand for the year 2018-19 during its monthly board meeting held on Saturday at the cantonment office near Char Dukan in Mussoorie.

Several board members objected to the proposal of introducing barrier system at the gates of the cantonment and it was decided to take up the matter in the next meeting. A proposal of committee being formed for determining the rates of the food items sold in the Landour cantonment board was also approved during the meeting.

The CEO Cantt board meeting was chaired by Cantonment board president Major general J.S. Yadav which in addition to clearing the estimated and amended budget discussed several issues being faced cantonment board.

The proposal of erecting barriers at the entry point in cantonment board area for increasing the revenue of the board was met with stiff resistance from the board members. The board members rejected the proposal and said that common people also use the road in cantonment board hence they cannot be deprived of their rights and such proposal has never been passed in the cantonment board before. The board members said that earlier the Cantonment board use to get the 16th part of the income from Kholhukhet barrier, the fee collected by the Municipal board Mussoorie as tourist coming to Mussoorie also visited Landour cantonment board area but that has practiced has been discontinued. Hence instead of erecting barriers at Cantonment board it should try to revive the old practice that would go a long way in generating income for the board said board members.

The decision of forming a finance committee for determining the prices of food item being sold in the shops categorized under Commercial land was approved where Vice-president along with two other members of the board were nominated in the committee.

The issue of illegal construction at Fair view building Survey number 95 was also raised prominently in the meeting and the committee formed to determine the status of the building presided by Col B.K. Shukla has submitted its report to the GOC in chief where it has accepted that illegal construction has been done in the building. The vice president of the board Mahesh Chand  proposed to seize the illegal construction and under 249 act of cantonment board and serve a notice under 320 to the owner of the building  and if he does give a satisfactory reply in 10 days strong punitive action should be taken without any delay.

CEO cantonment board Zakir Hussain informed that a committee on official language Hindi is coming for inspection to cantonment board on 5th June. The Vice President of the board Mahesh Chand, members Baadal Prakash,Chandrakala Sayana, Pushpa Padiyar, Sushil Kumar, Ramesh Kannojia, nominated members Coln B.K. Shukla and other officials were present on the occasion.

On the other hand, the residents of cantonment board Landour raised the issue of paucity of drinking water in front of the cantonment board president and CEO. The cantt board president directed the CEO to resolve the drinking water issue on priority basis.

Special team of experts called to demolish the remaining portion of Dhalia Bank the property owned by Sanjay Narang

The work of demolishing the illegally constructed building called Dahlia bank of Mumbai Businessmen Sanjay Narang the friend of legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is going on continuously. The Landour cantonment board CEO Zakir hussain said that to demolish the tower no 2 and 6 special team of experts has been called form Meerut. He said a swimming pool exists just under the building and due to residential area on the other side utmost care is being taken in the demolition drive being carried out here. And most of the work is being done manually instead of machine.

The Dahlia Bank building  spread across  an area of around 28,000 square feet was bought by Mumbai businessman Sanjay Narang who left no stone unturned in converting it into a sprawling mansion where his friend Sanchi Tendulkar  along with his family used to stay during winters for new year celebration. The building came into limelight due to all wrong reasons when  the Institute of Technology and Management (ITM) under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) objected its construction due to the property being  within 50 metres range of the defence establishment making it illegal. Following the matter  a judicial battle was fought between the defence establishment  and Sanjay Narang that went right upto to Supreme court after the HC Nainital directed to demolish the building. The SC dismissed the plea of Sanjay Narang and consequently the Landour cantonment board began the demolition exercise. The first building was demolished earlier and the remaining the demolition work  has again begun after the directives of the courts once again.