Pune: In the meeting of State cabinet ministers held on June 5, the cabinet has decided to allot Rs 5 crore per year to each of seven cantonment boards of Maharashtra including Pune, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar, Kamptee, Khadki, Dehu and Deolali for providing basic amenities like road and water supply.
Girish Bapat, Guardian Minister, said, “Cantonment boards of Maharashtra will be entitled to Rs 5 crore every year for basic service facilities. Budget allocations will be made by Urban Development Department. Out of the seven cantonment boards of Maharashtra, the Dehu, Khadki, Pune, Aurangabad and Ahmednagar cantonment boards are near corporation limits. Hence, they will get funds for basic amenities through ‘Mahanagarpalika Mulbhut Suvidha Yojana’. This decision will be implemented from 2018-19. The funds which will be provided to the cantonments will help them to develop in a much faster way.”
Commenting on it, Priyanka Shrigiri, Vice President of Pune Cantonment Board said, “It is a good move by the cabinet ministers to provide funds each year for cantonments’ development. Along with the funds, the cantonment will be getting provision similar as like to those of other civic bodies.”
Kiran Mantri, elected ward member of PCB, said, “We had written to collectorate of Pune seven months ago to grant us the permission to implement schemes of the State government. But since it had not alloted funds to cantonments, we were not able to implement the schemes. Now, that the cabinet has approved funds, we can start implementing the schemes.”