GHMC apathy towards City Central Library
Thousands of students and readers visit City Central Library in Chikkadpally on daily basis; these students are forced to bring their own books as the library does not have new books due to lack of funds.
Hyderabad: Thousands of students and readers visit City Central Library in Chikkadpally on daily basis; these students are forced to bring their own books as the library does not have new books due to lack of funds. With Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) not releasing funds a plethora of problems is being faced by the visiting students and staff at the dilapidated building.
It has been more than five years that the City Central Library has received new books for the students, even as a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been pending in the High Court of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh since many years. Speaking to The Hans India City Central Library chairman K Prasana said that there were about 2,000 students coming here to study every day but due to lack of funds we are unable to take up other development activities.
She said that since 2014 nearly Rs 300 crore of CESS amount was yet to be released by the GHMC, whereas every month we receive Rs 15 lakh from GHMC for the maintenances of 86 libraries under City Central Library, but there was no fixed date for the release of amount or it may be released once in three months. She also added that recently MA&UD minister K Taraka Rama Rao announced Rs 5 crore for the development of library out of which the library received Rs 1.06 crore for development and 1.13 crore has been sanctioned from GHMC to develop a new section for blind people.
Prasana said that due to lack of funds the library was not able to update new books because of which the department has started new sections where students could bring their own books for studying. She said that there were only 88 regular staff and 38 were outsourcing staff whereas 210 staff have been sanctioned. Recently, the City Central Library has spent Rs 30 lakh for the renovation of library including electricity works, drinking water, new fans, flooring and other works. Hyderabad Collectorate has opened five new sections for re aders with a capacity of 1,500 people.
BY Aneri Shah