Leases given by Pune Cantonment Board being taken back

From ET Realty

PUNE: The Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) has decided to take back about two dozen properties– both residential and commercial– whose lease has expired and the lessees have not replied to notices sent by the board.

All properties in the civil area of the Pune Cantonment are managed by the PCB and owned by the ministry of defence, through establishments like the Defence Estates Officer. Civilians can use it only on periodic leases from the PCB, and any and all modifications to the property must also be approved by the PCB, including change of purposes.

A probe by the PCB properties department has found out that dozens of properties, some of whose leases had expired as many as 55 years ago, are still occupied and used, often for purpose other than the one agreed with the PCB.

“We had put out a number of notices in newspapers seeking a meeting with those who leased the properties and told them to submit all required documents to renew the lease. But very few responded to the notice,” said PCB chief executive officer Sanjeev Kumar.

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