Jabalpur Cantonment is one the largest and important Cantonments of India which is spread in a beautifully developed vast and green area admeasuring about 4614.08 acres and population of 72,257 as per 2011 Census. It comprises Civil areas, Army formations and establishments like HQ Madhya Bharat Area, JAK Rifles Regimental Centre, Grenadiers Regimental Centre, 1 Signal Training Centre, College of Material Management, Central Ordnance Depot, 506 Army Base Workshop, Military Hospital, HQ Chief Engineer Jabalpur Zone , Military Dairy Farm and HQ Recruiting Zone. Besides it, civil organizations under Ministry of Defence Cantonment Board , Defence Estates Officer Jabalpur Circle, Controller of Defence Accounts &. Bharat Ratna Bhimrao Ambedkar Institute of Telecom Training are also situated in Jabalpur Cantt.
Cantonment is located near the Railway Station and is well connected with prominent establishments and residential localities of the city. NH-12, 12 A and 7 join it with other cities / states. Jabalpur is the headquarter of West Central Railways and is well connected with mail and super-fast trains from Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Kolkata, Patna, Lucknow, Chennai, Bangalore, Nagpur, Kota, Jaipur, Jammu & Hyderabad. It is connected by air to Delhi, Indore, Bhopal by Indian, Kingfisher, Ventura Airlines.
Cantonment Boards are statutorily constituted local bodies, under Ministry of Defence, comprising of elected representatives, ex-officio and nominated members. Jabalpur Cantonment is a Class-I Cantonment in which the Board consists of President, Chief Executive Officer, eight elected members including the Vice president, 03 nominated members, 02 ex-officio members i.e. Garrison Engineer and SEMO and one nominated member of the District Magistrate. The CEO is a senior officer from the Indian Defence Estates Service, Group 'A' (Central Civil Services), who also acts as the Member-Secretary of the Board. The Station Commander of the Cantonment is the Ex-officio President of the Cantonment Board who presides over the meetings of the Board. The GOC-in-Chief, of the Army Command concerned, acts as the local Govt. for the Cantonment Boards situated within his Command.
The administration of the Cantonment Boards is supervised by the Defence Estates Organization. The Principal Director, Defence Estates (PDDE) a senior officer of the Additional Secretary to the Govt. of India, rank is posted at the Headquarters of each Army Command. The PDDE, apart from being advisor to the GOC-in-C, controls and directs the functioning of the Cantonment Boards. He reports to the Director General, Defence Estates (DGDE), New Delhi. An officer of the Secretary to the Govt. of India rank who supervises and directs the administration of 62 Cantonment Boards and DEO (Defence Estate Officer) circles located in across India.
The present President of Cantonment Board is Brig. SU Dashrath, while Shri Rahul Anand Sharma , IDES is the Chief Executive Officer of Jabalpur Cantt. Board, Shri Abhishek Chouksey is the Vice President of the Board.