Lack of facilities and funds ails the only govt library in SAS Nagar

  • Shailee Dogra, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar
  • Updated: Mar 30, 2016 23:32 IST

Even as Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is gearing up to provide a library room in neighbourhood parks at a cost of Rs 20 lakh each, the only government library in SAS Nagar is in shambles and cries for attention.

The library which is under the higher education department has failed to get grants for last about three years to upgrade the library though there are more the 25,000 books. Established in 1998 the library operated from the complex of water supply department in phase 1, SAS Nagar.

According to sources, GMADA had decided to construct library room in Sector 69, Sector 65 and in the Rose Garden, Phase 3B1 parks in SAS Nagar. The estimated cost of each library is about Rs 20 lakh and would take about three months for completion.

Though the library holds reading sessions on a monthly basis and has an active book lovers club. The library building is in a dilapidated state. The furniture is old and readers hardly choose to sit in the library to read books due to poor facilities.

Unlike the present government library, they will have the main hall, along with an office room, pantry and washroom. These libraries will be handed over to resident welfare associations. Earlier, a similar facility was provided in the City Park in Sector 68. It is being run by senior citizens.

The government library in SAS Nagar has about 890 members out of which there are 25 regular members who are mostly senior citizens. There are about 50 senior citizens who visit the library but are not the members.

The library is in desperate need of funds for its repair and the four-member staff is struggling to run the library. The staff, however, get their salary on time.

“Most of the members prefer reading books related to health, meditation and religion,’ said a staff requesting anonymity.

“To attract young readers we should provide facilities’ including up gradation of the books, facility of e-books but the library does not have funds. We have been requesting the authorities but so far we have got no positive response.”

Though the Municipal Corporation had offered to shift the library to phase 10, Silvi park, SAS Nagar but the staff had not pursued the matter owing to lack of security.

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