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History of Cantonment Board Sargodha
 
Establishment :
                    Cantonment Board Sargodha was established vide Govt of Pakistan Ministry of Defense  Gazette Notification No. 1218/50 dated  02/12/1959.  The raison deter of declaring Cantonment in Sargodha was the existence of one of the foremost Air Bases in Pakistan.  This Cantonment remained subject to vicissitudes for considerable length of time as areas kept on being excluded and included in it.
  • In 1964 the area comprising of Satellite Town and  Old Civil Lines was excluded from Cantonment limits
  • In 1976 certain areas comprising of Civil Lines bounded by Club Road, Railway Road and College Road were included.
  • In 1978, under a fresh revision Kalyar Town and Old Civil Lines areas were made a part of Cantonment.
  • In 1981 This process again struck  when Chak No. 104-SB, 108-SB and 112-SB were excluded from the Cantonment Limits and the remaining areas of Civil Lines was taken in its fold, lastly in 1986.
  • In the year 2005, Cantonment Limits were again extended towards Kirana Hills on Faisalabad Road bringing all the sensitive Defense Establishments in the Cantt limits.
  • In the year 2008, Cantonment Board Sargodha was resurveyed in order to demarcate and undertake necessary correction in the existing survey plan. The survey of Pakistan has carried out the fresh survey and certain areas i.e Railway Road, University Road, Chak No.47,48,49 and 87 were re-demarcated at existing location. It is pointed out that out of 120 Nos Boundary Pillars only 19 exist at their location. The remaining 101 Nos missing Boundary Pillars are required to be constructed.

Topographically Sargodha Cantt. is a homogenous mixture of urban and rural areas. It comprises of vast stretches of agriculture lands, cluster of orchards, sporadic habitation and densely populated shanty colonies, whereas the posh area of this Cantonment comprises of the surroundings of Club Road and the PAF inhabitation primarily, the area comprising of the Katchi Abadis call for great deal of development works and improvements. The Cantonment area signifies a ship shape locality wherein basic civic amenities are readily available but the state of  affairs in congested area of Sargodha Cantt belie the same.

Although Cantonment Board ventured gigantic projects of laying of sewerage pipe lines which is the only of its kind in Sargodha, yet owing to its non-extension a number of areas are yet to be provided the facility of sewerage system. The paucity of potable water in a number of areas is also one of the crying needs of this Cantonment. The laying of proper streets/roads, construction of drains, provision of street lights and other allied civic facilities which ought to be include in vocalized colonies are markedly conspicuous by their absence in various parts of Cantonment limits. Despite there being scope for improvement, the Cantt area is envied by the local population as there is a discerning difference between it and its surrounding of Tehsil Municipal Administered areas. The Air Force establishment comprising of Base Headquarters i.e Technical and domestic area continue the hub of Cantonment and is encircled by civic habitations.

With the increase in overall population, the area around the PAF Base is witnessing a considerable swelling up on hamlets and a marked growth of isolated houses. At present too, the existence of residential areas in the vicinity of the PAF Base poses to be a potential safety hazard. This tendency if left unchecked can jeopardize the safety and security of the installations and health of the troops stationed in the base in long run. For this measures, needs as well as future which can be done by acquiring the lands around the Base. Active participation of the civil administration by enforcing the safety regulations in tandem with the PAF authorities, around defense areas can also go a long way in curbing mushroom growth around the Base which in turn can also enhance the overall image and impact of the Cantonment area.

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