WELCOME TO PUNE CANTONMENT BOARD
The duties of the CEO:
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. D. N. Yadav
I have taken it as a rare opportunity in life to write, compile and edit the Book namely “A Ballad of 200 Years”. It is a book depicting the song of progress & prosperity i.e. achieved during the last 200 years in Pune Cantonment from 1817 to 2017. “A Ballad of 200 Years” is in the form of Biography of the Pune Cantonment till Chapter XI. In Chapter XII we have included the achievements and activities carried out by the PCB for the betterment of the Cantonment as Smart Cantonment during the years & occasion of Bicentennial. In Chapter XIII we have visualized the road map for the 3rd century in the Pune Cantonment. Also, I would like to apologize that while designating it the biography of Pune Cantonment, it was not possible to arrange and include all events and developments taken place decade wise in a chronological manner. Broadly it covers the municipal growth of the Cantonment. .
For reaching into the shell of the Cantonment it is imperative to feel the soul and soil of Pune. Going down to the history it can be gathered from various historical testament that the original name of Pune had been ‘Punyapur’ (Sacred City) being it located in the confusion of two rivers, Mutha and Mulla, no doubt the places sitting in the river bank have been gaining the spirit of holy halts. Tracing the records back to the Rashtrakuta dynasty in 8th century this region was named as ‘Punaka Vishya’. Later on in 10th century it is recorded as ‘Punaka Wadi’. After the Rashtrakuta the region was burdened with evasion, counter evasion and turmoil till the era of Shivaji Maharaj. Undoubtedly the city of Pune is having and nursing the epicenter of Maharashtrian spirit since the golden time of Shivaji Maharaj and Mother Jijabai. To that tune, the Cantonment has been the torch bearer for carrying the high zeal and gist of the soil. .
After being closely associated and well conversant to the soil of Maharashtra specially in & around the Pune, I take this opportunity to write about the path of 200 years, the Pune Cantonment has passed through. The defeat of Peshwa in Kirkee War on 5th Nov, 1817 opened the other door in the ‘Queen of Deccan’ i.e Poone. The Cantonment emerged under the Regulation of 1819 by the Joint hands and mind of the Collector H D Robertson and Col. Gifford the top brass of the Military in Poone. Open area between the two natural streams, the Manik Nalla on the west and the Bhairobanalla on the east comprising two villages Ghorpadi and Wanowadi was selected for the encampment. The land in this region was belonging mostly to the various feudal landlords. The process of acquisition & negotiation with the Inamdars, Mirasdar and Jagirdars concluded in the decade with compensation. It is around 1827 when the limits of the Cantonment got a settled shape. Since then the Cantonment of Pune has been marking its journey of valour & gallantry performed inside the country as well as around the world while serving the nation. Parallelly the static administration in Pune Cantonment has been continuing its chartered duties to the residents and region through the Cantonment Magistrate/ Cantonment Committee in the 19th century and through the Cantonment Board during 20th century and till date. However, it will take more time to look back & review the past and visualize the future we have to move & match. .
While writing, compiling and editing “A Ballad of 200 Years” I was never left alone by Shri. M Y Shaikh, the Ex-CEE of Pune Cantt. Board, Shri. Sukhdev Patil, the AEE, Shri. Vijay Chavan, the AEE, Shri. Manish Khandagale, Co-ordinator, Zhep School, Smt. Anita Jesty the Junior Stenographer, Smt. Sunila Nair, the Computer Assistant and other officials of Pune Cantonment Board who supported in collecting & compiling the facts during the entire process. I want like to pay my heartiest thanks to all of them. .
I also attribute my thanks to our Principal Director, and Directors of Defence Estates, Southern Command who kept our morals high for such antithetic work, totally different from the assigned duties of the Chief Executive Officer of the Board. Before concluding I respectfully pay my gratitude to Shri. Jojneswar Sharma, the Director General, Defence Estates who has been inspiring all of us with his valuable guidance for attaining high goals for the Cantonment. .