Special Correspondent

CEO V. Premchand, and DEO Balakrishna posted to New Delhi having completed their respective tenures

HYDERABAD: The Secunderabad Cantonment’s Chief Executive Officer, V. Premchand, and Defence Estates Officer S. Balakrishna have been transferred and posted to New Delhi having completed their respective tenures here. Both officials received their respective fresh posting orders from the Director General of Defence Estates office on Wednesday.

The Delhi DEO, C. Ravindra, will become the new Cantonment CEO while P.N.B. Sarma, DEO of Kanpur, has been posted as the DEO Secunderabad.

The incumbent Cantonment CEO has been posted as the Assistant Director General of Defence Estates in the existing vacancy there and is likely to become Deputy Director General soon on promotion.

On the other hand, the DEO, who had served for an unprecedented four years as the DEO, has been posted as DEO of Delhi Cantonment.

Mr. Premchand, a B. Pharmacy graduate from BITS Pilani, and a 1994 batch Indian Defence Estate Service (IDES) officer, during his three year tenure, has initiated a series of steps to overhaul a moribund Cantonment administration-- taking the services online, improving water supply, central lighting and so on.

Though he could not kick-start road widening, parks development and underground sewerage system after almost finalising plans, his other ambitious project of Geographical Information System (GIS) is near complete.

His other grand plan to take over old grant bungalows, several of which were illegally reconstructed, remained unstuck. He had earlier served as the Joint Executive Officer in the late 90s here.

Mr. Balakrishna, an engineering graduate from REC, Warangal, is a 1996 batch IDES officer, and has become noted for bringing transparency to the functioning of the estates office having jurisdiction over thousands of acres and hence, prone for encroachments.

He took on land sharks filing several suits in the High Court to take back the land belonging to the Defence Ministry. Computerisation of land records too was taken up in right earnest.