§ Mr. BARKER
asked the Under-Secretary of State for India what progress has been made in connection with the new cantonment scheme at Mingaladon; what is the estimated total cost; when the accommodation for troops will be ready; and what strength in troops is it intended to station at Mingaladon?
§ Earl WINTERTON
The work on the new cantonment is well in hand, but the date on which the accommodation for troops will be ready cannot be forecasted with any accuracy. The estimated total cost is Rs.95 lakhs. The new cantonment is designed to accommodate the troops at present stationed in the cantonment at Rangoon, namely, 1 Battalion British Infantry, 1 Battalion Indian Infantry with ancillary troops with the exception of one company of British Infantry and one company of Indian Infantry, which will be retained in Rangoon itself.