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Newly-Built Library Closed for one Year
« on: July 17, 2013, 11:02:18 AM »
Newly-Built Library Closed for one Year
Rawalpindi:July 17: The city district government, Rawalpindi, has failed to make newly built public library functional due to non-provision of books, stationery, furniture and other necessary things for the last one year.
Last time, Punjab government had allocated Rs15.4 million for the construction of two public libraries in Rawalpindi city because presently there are only two public libraries for a population of over 14 million in the whole city. The building department had completed the construction of a Public Library at Babu Lal Hussain Road and handed it over to the concerned authority a year back. The construction work of another Public Library at Dhoke Ratta UC-I was in final stage and will be completed very soon. But, nobody was ready to take over the charge of Public Library at Babu Lal Hussain Road and it had been lying locked for one year. The newly established Public Library was closed after its inauguration, which was done by the than Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) Shaharyar Riaz.
Deputy District Officer (DDO) Building Zahid Irshad told ‘The News’ the newly built Public Library at Babu Lal Hussain Road has been lying closed for year due to absence of books and other necessary things. He said that they will complete another Public Library plus Community Hall soon.


In a statement, previous District Coordination Officer (DCO) Rashid Mehmood Langriyal told ‘The News’ that education department would take over Public Library at Babu Lal Hussain Road soon. He also said that all kinds of books will be available here and we will provide fine quality furniture for readers in this library.


Unfortunately, neither city district government, Rawalpindi, nor any private organisation has been taking the charge of the public library for one year.


It is a cause of great concern that for a population of over 14 million, Rawalpindi has only two public libraries Municipal Library and Cantonment Board Library, which were established before partition of sub-continent.


Municipal Library is the oldest public library of the city, which was established in 1868. It is situated in the heart of the city at Liaqaut Bagh where access is very easy for the general public. It has a collection of some 48,000 books including 2,500 reference books, out of which approximately 20,000 books are in Urdu language. The library has some 7,600 members.


The second library is Cantonment Library. Cantonment Public Library has almost 50,000 books, half of them in English language. The library has some 1,550 members.


Talking to ‘The News’ people belong to different walks of life said that having more and more libraries creates healthy atmosphere. It would boost reading habits in our generations.
Tahir Abbas, resident of Babu Lal Hussain Road and a retired government servant, said that we were happy to see the construction of a Public Library in our locality. But it was socking that the library could not be functional even after one year of its construction, he said. He urged the concerned authorities to provided books to the library so that it could start its functioning.The news.
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