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The subjects of Defence and Cantonments are included in the Union List-I in the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India including local self-Government. The Central Govt. may by notification in the Official Gazette declare any place or places along with boundaries in which any part of the forces is quartered or in which being in the vicinity of any such place or places, is or are required for the service of such forces to be a Cantonment.

For every Cantonment, there shall be a Cantonment Board. According to Section 10(2) of the Cantonments Act, 2006 every Board shall be deemed to be a municipality under clause (e) of Article 243P of the Constitution for:

  • Receiving grants and allocations; or
  • Implementing the Central Government schemes of social welfare, public health, hygiene, safety, water supply, sanitation, urban renewal, and education.

Every Board shall, by the name of the place by reference to which the Cantonment is known to be a corporate body having perpetual succession and a common seal with power to acquire and hold property both movable and immovable and to contract & shall by the said name, sue and be sued.

In such areas, the Cantonments Act, 2006 enacted by the Parliament has provisions regarding the administration of the Cantonment area. As per Section 10 of the said Act, there shall be a Cantonment Board for every cantonment. The history of Cantonments started with land administration for quartering the troops. Housing was the core objective. In the due passage of time, housing itself attracted the civil population to reside in the Cantonments and the economic spin-offs attracted other activities. The bazaar area was recognized, and the anatomy of the Cantonment got clearly defined with the military, the bungalow, and the civil areas.

The Cantonment Board, Secunderabad is an urban local body under the administrative control of the Ministry of Defence, Government of India. It is constituted under the provisions of the Cantonments Act 1924 (succeeded by Cantonments Act 2006) to administer the Cantonment area, primarily responsible for carrying out the civic amenities to the residents of the Cantonment area. The Cantonments Act, 2006 imparts greater democratization and improves the financial base of Cantonments to make provision for developmental activities, etc.  Presently there are 62 Cantonments in the country distributed among six army commands.