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Committee plans a facelift for Ramamohana library

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PHOTO: CH.VIJAYA BHASKAR.

Sree Ramamohana Dharma Pustaka Bhandagaram on Mahatma Gandhi Road in Vijayawada. —

VIJAYAWADA: The managing committee that has been taking care of the activities of ‘Sri Ramamohana Dharma Pusthaka Bhandagaram' located on Bandar Road announced new initiatives on Friday to give a facelift to one of the oldest libraries in the city. The library, established in 1911, will celebrate its centenary next year.

Explaining the hardships the library was facing, committee president and Krishna Patrika Editor Piratla Venkateswarlu said that there was a need to involve all sections of the city to bring back the glory of the library, “which has been serving as a centre of cultural, social and literary activities”. This was a full-fledged library and a reading room, he said.

The library had been neglected in all aspects during the last 25 years, and a new committee constituted too had failed to bring about the required changes. Differences of opinion among committee members could be the reason for this, he said.

Mr. Venkateswarlu said that during the widening of Bandar Road, a substantial portion of the library's land was taken away by the municipal authorities. Instead of compensating for the land taken away, the VMC officials have been treating the library as a commercial establishment and been demanding nearly Rs. 3.5 lakh as property tax. Recently the committee met the Municipal Commissioner and urged him to look into the issue.

Mr. Venkateswarlu said that a committee will be formed to celebrate the library's centenary. The entire building will be renovated and new constructions will take place to replace the present structure. Managing committee member Ch. Koteswarao was also present at the press conference.

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