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1 THE CANTONMENTS ACT, 1924

(ACT NO. II OF 1924).
  Part No : Chapter No : Section No: [ 16th February, 1924  
  
     2 An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to the administration of cantonments.
 
    WHEREAS it is expedient to consolidate and amend the law relating to the administration of cantonments; It is hereby enacted as follows:-
 
CONTENTS
 
SECTIONS
 
CHAPTER I
PRELIMINARY
1. Short title, extent and commencement
2. Definitions
CHAPTER II
DEFINITION AND DELIMITATION OF CANTONMENTS
3. Definition of cantonments
4. Alteration of limit of cantonments
5. The effect of including area in cantonment
6. Disposal of cantonment fund when area ceases to be a cantonment
7. Disposal of cantonment fund when area ceases to be included in a cantonment
8. Application of funds and property transferred under sections 6 and 7
9. Limitation of operation of Act
CHAPTER III
CANTONMENT BOARDS
Boards
10. Cantonment Board and Executive Officer
11. Incorporation of Cantonment Board
12. Appointment of Executive Officer
13. Classification of Cantonments
13A. Constitution of Cantonment Boards
14. Power to vary constitution of Boards in special circum-stances
15. Term of office of members
16-17. [Omitted]
18. Oath or affirmation
19. Resignation
20. President and Vice-President
21. Term of office of Vice-President
22. Duties of President
23. Duties of Vice-President
24. Duties of the Executive Officer
25. Special power of the Executive Officer
Elections
26-31. [Omitted]
Members
32. Member not to vote on matter in which he is interested
33. Liability of members
34. Removal of members
35. Consequences of removal
Servants
36. Disqualification of person as servant of Board
36A. Cantonment servant to be deemed a public servant
Procedure
37. Meetings
38. Business to be transacted
39. Quorum
40. Presiding officer
41. Minutes
42. Meetings to be public
43. Method of deciding questions
43A. Committees for Bazars
44. Power to make regulations
45. Joint action with other local authority
45A. Report on administration
Control
46. Power of Government to require production of documents
47. Inspection
48. Power to call for documents
49. Power to require execution of work, etc.
50. Power to Provide for enforcement of direction under section 49
51. Power to override decision of Board
52. Power of Officer Commanding-in-Chief, the Command, on reference under section 51 or otherwise
53. Powers of Government on a reference made under section 51
54. Supersession of Board
Validity of Proceedings
55. Validity of proceedings, etc.
CHAPTER IV
SPIRITUOUS LIQUORS AND INTOXICATING DRUGS
56. Unauthorised sale of spirituous liquor or intoxicating drug
57. Unauthorised possession of spirituous liquor
58. Arrest of persons and seizure and confiscation of things for offences against the two last foregoing sections
59. Saving of articles sold or supplied for medicinal purposes
CHAPTER V
TAXATION
Imposition of Taxation
60. General power of taxation
61. Framing of preliminary proposals.
62. Objections and disposal thereof
63. Imposition of tax
64. Definition of "annual value".
65. Incidence of taxation
Assessment List
66. Assessment list
67. Publication of assessment list
68. Revision of assessment list
69. Authentication of assessment list
70. Evidential value of assessment list
71. Amendment of assessment list
72. Preparation of new assessment list
73. Notice of transfers
74. Notice of erection of buildings
Remission and Refund
75. Demolition, etc., of buildings
76. Remission of tax
77. Power to require entry in assessment list of details of buildings
77A. Notice to be given of the circumstances in which remission or refund is claimed
78. What buildings, etc., are to be deemed vacant
79. Notice to be given of every occupation of vacant building or house
Charge on Immovable Property
80. Tax on buildings and land to be a charge thereon
Octroi, Terminal Tax and Toll
81. Inspection of imported goods, etc.
82. Evasion of octroi or terminal tax
83. Lease of octroi, terminal tax or toll
Appeals
84. Appeals against assessment
85. Costs of appeal
86. Recovery of costs from Board
87. Conditions of right to appeal
88. Finality of appellate orders
Payment and Recovery of Taxes
89. Time and manner of payment of taxes
90. Presentation of bill
91. Notice of demand
92. Recovery of tax
93. Distress
94. Disposal of distrained property
95. Recovery from a person about to leave cantonment
96. Power to institute suit for recovery
Special Provisions relating to Taxation
97. Power to prohibit or exempt form taxation
98. Power to make special provision for conservancy in certain cases
99. Exemption in the case of buildings
99A. General power of exemption
100. Exemption of poor persons
101. Composition
102. Irrecoverable debts
103. Obligation to disclose liability
104. Immaterial error not to affect liability
105. Distraint not to be invalid by reason of immaterial defect
CHAPTER VI
CANTONMENT FUND AND PROPERTY
Cantonment Fund
106. Cantonment fund
107. Custody of cantonment fund
Property
108. Property
109. Application of cantonment fund and property
110. Acquisition of immovable property
111. Power to make rules regarding cantonment fund and property
CHAPTER VII
CONTRACTS
112. Contracts by whom to be executed
113. Sanction
114. Execution of contracts
115. Contracts improperly executed not to be binding on a Board
CHAPTER VIII
DUTIES AND DISCRETIONARY FUNCTIONS OF BOARDS
116. Duties of Board
116A. Power to manage property
117. Discretionary functions of Board
117A. Power of expenditure for educational purposes outside the cantonment
CHAPTER IX
PUBLIC SAFETY AND SUPPRESSION OF NUISANCES
General Nuisances
118. Penalty for causing nuisances
Dogs
119. Registration and control of dogs
Traffic
120. Rule of the road
Prevention of Fire, etc.
121. Use of inflammable materials for building purposes
122. Stacking of collecting inflammable materials.
123. Care of naked lights
124. Regulation of cinematographic and dramatic perfor-mances
125. Discharging fire-works, fire-arms, etc.
126. Power to require buildings, wells, etc., to be rendered safe
127. Enclosure of waste land used for improper purposes
CHAPTER X
SANITATION AND THE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF DISEASE
Sanitary Authorities
128. Responsibility for sanitation
129. General duties of Health Officer
Conservancy and Sanitation
130. Public latrines, urinals and conservancy establishments
131. Power of Board to undertake private conservancy arrangements
132. Deposit and disposal of rubbish, etc.
133. Cesspools, receptacles for filth, etc.
134. Filling up of tank, etc.
135. Provision of latrines, etc.
136. Sanitation in factories, etc.
137. Private latrines
138. Removal of congested buildings
139. Overcrowding of dwelling houses
140. Power to require repair or alteration of building
141 Power to require land or building to be cleansed
142. Power to order disuse of house
143. Removal of noxious vegetation
144. Agriculture and irrigation
Burial and Burning Grounds
145. Power to call for information regarding burial and burning grounds
146. Permission for use of new burial or burning ground
147. Power to require closing of burial or burning grounds
148. Exemption from operation of sections 145 to 147
149. Removal of corpses
Prevention of Infectious, or Contagious Diseases
150. Obligation to give information of infectious or contagious diseases
151. Special measures in case of outbreak of infectious or epidemic diseases
152. Power to require names of dairyman's customers
153. Power to require names of a washerman's customers
154. Report after inspection of dairy or washerman's place of business
155. Action on report submitted by Health Officer
156. Examination of milk of washed cloths
157. Contamination of public conveyance
158. Disinfection of public conveyance
159. Penalty for failure to report
160. Driver of conveyance not bound to carry person suffering from infectious or contagious disease
161. Disinfection of building or articles therein
162. Destruction of infectious hut or shed
163. Temporary shelter for inmates of disinfected or destroyed building or shed
164. Disinfection of building before letting the same
165. Disposal of infected article without disinfection
166. Means of disinfection
167. Making or selling of food, etc., or washing clothes by infected person
168. Power to restrict or prohibit sale of food or drink
169. Control over wells, tanks, etc.
170. Disposal of infectious corpse
Hospitals and Dispensaries
171. Maintenance or aiding of hospitals or dispensaries
172. Medical supplies, appliances, etc.
173. Free patients
174. Paying patients
175. Power to order person to attend hospital or dispensary
176. Power to exclude from cantonment persons refusing to attend hospital or dispensary
Control of Traffic for Hygienic Purposes
177. Routes for pilgrims and others
Special Conditions regarding Essential Services
178. Conditions of Service of sweepers
CHAPTER XI
CONTROL OVER BUILDINGS, STREETS, BOUNDARIES, TREES, ETC.
Buildings
178A. Sanction for building
179. Notice of new buildings
180. Conditions of valid notice
181. Power of Board to sanction or refuse
182. Compensation
183. Lapse of sanction
183A. Period for completion of building
184. Illegal erection and re-erection
185. Power to stop erection or re-erection or to demolish
186. Power to make bye-laws
187. Projections and obstructions
188. Unauthorised buildings over drains, etc.
189. Drainage and sewer connections
190. Power to attach brackets for lamps
Streets
191. Temporary occupation of street, land, etc.
192. Closing and opening of streets
193. Names of streets and numbers of buildings
Boundaries and Trees
194. Boundary walls, hedges and fences
195. Felling, lopping and trimming of trees
196. Digging of public land
197. Improper use of land
CHAPTER XII
MARKETS, SLAUGHTER-HOUSES TRADES AND OCCUPATIONS
198. Public markets and slaughter-houses
199. Use of public markets
200. Levy of stallages, rents and fees
201. Stallages, rents, etc., to be published
202. Private markets and slaughter-houses
203. Conditions of grant of licence for private market or slaughter-house
204. Penalty for keeping market or slaughter-house open without licence, etc.
205. Penalty for using unlicensed market or slaughter-house
206. Prohibition and restriction of use of slaughter-houses
207. Power to inspect slaughter-houses
208. Power to make bye-laws
Trades and Occupations
209. Provision of washing places
210. Licences required for carrying on of certain occupations
211. Conditions which may be attached to licences
General Provisions
212. Power to vary licence
213. Carrying on trade, etc., without licence or in contravention of section 212
214. Feeding animals on dirt, etc.
Entry, Inspection and Seizure
215. Powers of entry and seizure.
Import of Cattle and Flesh
216. Import of cattle and flesh
CHAPTER XIII
WATER-SUPPLY, DRAINAGE AND LIGHTING
Water-supply
217. Maintenance of water-supply
218. Control over sources of public water-supply
219. Power to require maintenance or closing of private source of public drinking water-supply
220. Supply of water
221. Power to require water-supply to be taken
222. Supply of water under agreement
223. Board not liable for failure of supply
224. Conditions of universal application
225. Supply to persons outside cantonment
226. Penalty
Water, Drainage and other Connections
227. Power of Board to lay wires, connections, etc.
228. Wires, etc., laid above surface of ground
229. Connection with main not to be made without permission
230. Power to prescribe ferrules and to establish meters, etc.
231. Power of inspection
232. Power to fix rates and charges
Application of this Chapter to Government Water-supplies
233. Government water-supply
234. Recovery of charges
234A. Supply of water from Government water-supply to the Board
234B. Functions of the Board in relation to distribution of bulk supply
CHAPTER XIV
REMOVAL AND EXCLUSION FROM CANTONMENT AND
235. Power to remove brothels and prostitutes
236. Penalty for loitering and importuning for purposes of prostitution
237. Removal of lewd persons from cantonment
238. Removal and exclusion from cantonment of disorderly persons
239. Removal and exclusion from cantonment of seditious persons
240. Penalty
CHAPTER XV
POWERS, PROCEDURE, PENALTIES AND APPEALS
Entry and Inspection
241. Powers of entry
242. Powers of inspection by member of a Board
243. Power of inspection, etc.
244. Power to enter land adjoining land where work is in progress
245. Breaking into premises
246. Entry to be made in the day time
247. Owner's consent ordinarily to be obtained
248. Regard to be had to social and religious usages
249. Penalty for obstruction
Powers and Duties of Police Officers
250. Arrest without warrant
251. Duties of police officers
Notices
252. Notices to fix reasonable time
253. Authentication and validity of notices issued by Board.
254. Service of notice, etc.
255. Method of giving notice
256. Powers of Board in case of noncompliance with notice, etc.
Recovery of Money
257. Liability of occupier to pay in default of owner
258. Relief to agents and trustees
259. Method of recovery
Committees of Arbitration
260. Application for a Committee of Arbitration
261. Procedure for convening Committee of Arbitration
262. Constitution of Committee of Arbitration
263. No person to be nominated who has direct interest or whose services are not immediately available
264. Meetings and powers of Committees of Arbitration
265. Decisions of Committees of Arbitration
Prosecutions
266. Prosecution
267. Composition of offence
General Penalty Provisions
268. General penalty
269. Cancellation and suspension of licences
270. Recovery of amount payable in respect of damage to cantonment property
Limitation
271. Limitation for prosecution
Suits
272. Protection of Board, Executive Officer, etc.
273. Notice to be given of suits
Appeals and Revision
274. Appeals from executive orders
275. Petition of appeal
276. Suspension of action pending appeal
277. Revision
278. Finality of appellate orders
279. Right of appellant to be heard
CHAPTER XVI
RULES AND BYE-LAWS
280. Power to make rules
281. Supplemental provisions respecting rules
282. Power to make bye-laws
283. Penalty for breach of bye-laws
284. Supplemental provisions regarding bye-laws
285. Rules and bye-laws to be available for inspection and purchase
CHAPTER XVII
SUPPLEMENTAL PROVISIONS
286. Extension of certain provisions of the Act and rules to places beyond cantonments
286A. Power to delegate functions of Executive Officer
287. Registration
288. Validity of notices and other documents
289. Admissibility of document or entry as evidence
290. Evidence by officer or servant of the Board
291. Application of Act IV of 1899
292. [Repealed]
SCHEDULE
 
 

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