Army wants conversion of cantonments into exclusive military stations: Govt
The Army has proposed that cantonments across the country should be converted into "military stations" after separating civilian areas from them, the government said today.
At present, 62 cantonments are operational in 19 states across the country in a total area of 1.57 lakh acres. Approximately 21 lakh people are living in the cantonments, according to official data.
"The Army has suggested excision of civil areas of Cantonments and converting military pockets into military stations," Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said in a written reply to a query in Rajya Sabha,
The Army has been pressing for converting the cantonments into exclusive military stations as part of the larger goal of improving operational readiness of the force. The first cantonment was set up by the British and the number grew steadily over the years.
"Cantonments, with a 250-year history, are important institutions that bear testimony to the harmonious co-existence of civilians and defense personnel," said Bhamre.
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