PCB to approach DEO to expedite reconstruction nod

The Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) will approach the Defence Estates Office (DEO) to expedite No Objection Certificates (NOC) for reconstruction plans at sites of Old Grant Bungalows (OGBs).

The decision came on Thursday in the General Body meeting of the PCB.

The Indian Express had reported how the majority of building plans were being returned by the DEO and the Local Military Authority (LMA) with comments and observations, tying the hands of the PCB.

About 10 pending plans came up for consideration in the GB along with the objections raised by DEO.

In the meeting, PCB CEO K V Nagi Reddy said, "Hereafter, we (PCB) will only examine fresh reconstruction plans submitted by owners and send them to the DEO for NOC. It is only after the DEO NoC that plans will be considered by the Board for approval."

Nagi Reddy was speaking after some PCB members wanted to know as to why the DEO and the LMA had raised objections to the plans after the PCB forwarded it to them. "The PCB does not sanction the plans initially. It examines them and sends them to the DEO," Nagi Reddy made it clear.

The PCB has 2,204 old grant properties and the owners have been complaining of delay in permission for reconstruction, repairs and mutations, many of them pending for decades.

This paper had reported how, in order to address the challenges faced by bungalow owners in Pune Camp, the Pune chapter of the All India Cantonment Bungalows cum Resident Owners' Association (AICBROA) was floated.

The association has 45 registered members, and all of them are facing similar trouble. "The national president of AICBOA met Directorate General of Defence Estates (DGDE) in New Delhi on December 5 and conveyed the challenges bungalow owners in cantonments across the country have been facing," L R Bhojwani, president, AICBOA- Pune Chapter had then said.

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