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‘Public facilities at cantonment are being used for private purposes’

The Khadki Cantonment Board (KCB),in a recent survey,found that the cantonment properties that have been leased out to charitable trusts and mandals for social causes are being used for purposes other than envisaged.

Written by Express News Service | Published: May 16, 2012 1:20:38 am

The Khadki Cantonment Board (KCB),in a recent survey,found that the cantonment properties that have been leased out to charitable trusts and mandals for social causes are being used for purposes other than envisaged. According to KCB officials,not only are these properties — 43 in different wards — being used for “residential purposes’’,but also the people running the facilities allowed by the board are charging more for their usage.

The matter was also raised at a recent board meeting where it was decided that the local trusts and mandals running these facilities will be replaced by management committees comprising a senior citizen from a ward,a ward member and others nominated by the cantonment members. The KCB has asked the elected members to forward the names of people who will be part of the committees.

KCB superintendent V R Panse said the inspection was carried out by a member nominated by the board. The member noted these violations,he added.

“These properties were allotted for running of facilities like marraige halls,reading rooms and gymnasiums at a low cost. But it was found that some of these properties were being used for residential and storage purposes,” said Panse.

According to cantonment officials,as these properties were constructed with help from MLAs and MPs from their constituency funds,it was necessary that they are used for their designated purposes. Some members allege that people running these facilities are overcharging. Besides,cantonment officials said the rent pending against these properties has now piled up to Rs 10 lakh. “In 2008,it was decided that the rent for each of the property will be at the rate of Re 1 per sq ft. The lease agreements with trusts and mandals were for five years,” said a cantonment official.

Chief revenue superintendent Vilas Takwale said matter of constituting management committees was pending with the board.

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