Mayor Sharma directs officials to chalk out strategy to curb flooding in Iqbal library

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Sep 2017 09:55:47

Staff Reporter,

Mayor Alok Sharma inspected Iqbal library in State capital. He said that books in the library will be taken care and every effort will be given to preserve the heritage. It has to be noted that rains in the city recently has drenched the books in library. Storm water drenched exclusive library’s collection of books and documents. The recurring flooding problem inside the library is being witnessed since August. Few hours of continuous rainfall brings in storm water inside the library and this time many books and important archives were drenched in storm water. Mayor Alok Sharma directed officials to ensure proper diversion for the sewage line near library and he also said that proper amount will be allotted for the renovation and maintenance of the library.

The library is located in the underground of Iqbal Maidan. Two storm water drain ducks pass underneath. Every time a emergency comes BMC officials comes to the spot to drain out water from the library but recently the storm water has left many exclusive books being totally soaked in water for hours for which recovery might also be impossible, claims library officials. It is one of the largest libraries in Madhya Pradesh. Its collections include books and archives which is over 500-years-old.

The library would mark its 78th establishment day on October 1. It is also considered one of the first public libraries in MP to have books and magazines in Urdu, Persian, Sanskrit, English and Hindi. The collection includes some 70,000 books. The non-governmental library, served as literary heritage of city since its inception in 1939. It housed hundreds of books some of them rare and do not have any other edition available.

Mayor Alok Sharma directed city engineer R K Saxenato chalk out a proper plan to avoid this flooding problem in the library. Many other officials including Harish Gupta, Rakesh Sharma, library in charge Rasheed Anjum were present.