Dharamshala: Freeing up army controlled township areas for civilian control, the central government has in principle given permission to abolish Yol Cantonment Board near Dharamshala, Sudhir Sharma, minister for urban development, stated here.
Sharma said “the civil areas that till now were under the control of the cantonment board would be included in Dharamshala Municipal Corporation and Yol would only be considered as a Military Station.”
Sharma added that Yol would be the first cantonment board of India to be abolished to facilitate civilians. “It was all made made possible due to the regular dialogue that the Himachal Pradesh government had with the central government. The minister thanked chief minister Virbhadra Singh for making it possible.
The minister disclosed that the ministry of defense has asked the state government to prepare for overtaking the management of the civic amenities and public properties of the area.
An arrangement worked would involve the government absorbing the staff employed by the cantonment board, the state government would purchase the buildings and the land of the five schools, vocational training center and a 20 bedded hospital buildings that the Yol Cantonment Board had set up in its administered area.
Concerned state government departments would overtake the set of departments that the board had set up after the Yol Cantonment Board is de-notified, said Sudhir Sharma.
In another related development, chief minister Virbhadra Singh told media persons that the government was considering to make Dharamshala a permanent winter capital of the state to enable better functioning of the government.