As many as 277 bungalows are on the resumption list of the Local Military Authority (LMA). The number has been revealed in a list provided to CEO,Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) by LMA in an August 26 letter .
The resumption means the LMA wants to seek possessions of the bungalows from the present occupants. While majority of the bungalows in the list are Old Grant Bungalows (OGB),properties on lease also form a part of the bungalows to be resumed.
Though all properties are listed by their General Land Register (GLR) survey numbers,prominent ones that find a mention in the resumption checklist include St Marys Hig School,St Patrick Cathedral,the ex-servicemen rest house of the Department of Sainik Welfare and a cinema theatre. The LMA,in a reply to Newsline,said,Bungalows are being resumed for the authorised military purposes,as Pune (military) Station is deficient of land. The reply further added that Bungalows are being resumed in accordance with GOI policy on the subject.
Asked if the resumption will follow a specific timeline,the LMA said there is no deadline but resumption is done on the basis of requirement.
Sujata Mallic Kumar,principal,St Marys Hig School said,We have not received any notice informing us about the resumption. The theatre owner said,LMA personnel had measured our premises some time ago. But we have not been issued any notice.
Another bungalow owner,whose house was measured by LMA personnel,said,Resumption of bungalows requires approval from the Ministry of Defence/ DG of Defence Estates. Till it is obtained,LMA has no authority.
A member of All India Cantonment Bungalow Owners Assciation (AICBOA) expressed surprise over the fact that his bungalow,despite being a property on lease,figured in the resumption list.
Recently,military personnel came to take photographs of my house from inside. I dont understand why this is being done without approval from the MoD/ DEO/ DGDE, he said. L R Bhojwani,president of Pune Chapter of AICBOA .
The PCB website says there are 2,204 OGBs in Pune Camp besides 178 leasehold properties,47 freehold properties,three on perpetual lease and five proprietary. An email to PCB CEO was not answered. A text message too was not replied.
LMA move not for the first time: AICBOA
According to L R Bhojwani,president of Pune Chapter of AICBOA,the LMA,in 1971 had issued resumption notices to 16 bungalow owners who had then approached Bombay High Court.
In February 1979,Bombay HC struck down the resumption notice citing that the Union of India had issued resumption notices to the owners without authority, he said. The battle between the LMA and bungalow owners continued to the Supreme Court,when in 1991,the Union of India filed an interlocutory application. But it was dismissed by the SC in March 1992.
The Bombay HC asked Union of India to return the bungalows to owners,if resumed. A review petition in SC was withdrawn on September 4,1998,wherein UoI agreed that it would seek dispossession of occupants through civil court, said Bhojwani.