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New rules for civilians living in cantonments

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New Delhi : The Defence Ministry has gazetted the new rules applicable to the civilians living in the cantonment areas, specifying manner of service of notices on them along with 50 kinds of forms to remove any ambiguity and arbitrariness in decisions by the cantonment boards. It notes that the new Cantonment (Forms and Manner of Service of Notices) Rules are brought into force from January 24, after getting not a single objection or suggestion to the draft rules published on August 5.

The new Cantonment Rules are brought into force from January 24, after getting not a single objection or suggestion to the draft rules published on August 5.


The rules include fresh assessment of properties, changing the names of the actual occupiers liable to pay tax, liability of the occupier, notice to be given by a civilian within 30 days of erecting or re-erecting a building and its occupation, as also the notices to be served on the cantonment board in respect of the property lying vacant, its re-occupation and various notices to be given with regard to such properties.

The new provisions also require the property owner not to overcrowd the dwelling house and abide by the notice to reduce the number of lodgers, tenants and other inmates by a particular date while the employer is require to give the list and number of persons employed in any establishment.

The rules also empower the cantonment board to declare habitation in any building or part of it until it is rendered fit for such use and order repairs, cleaning and lime-washing of the buildings by the occupiers.