Secondhand booksellers to take out morcha on 6th

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jul 2018 10:57:38




Business Bureau

THE secondhand booksellers carrying on their business at the Morris College T-Point, Sitabuldi are demanding an alternate place to carry on their business as the Metro Rail construction work has displaced them from their present location. “From the past several years, we have been demanding a permanent place to run our business, but all our efforts have gone in vain. Nobody is interested in giving ear to our plights. In protest, we are taking out a ‘morcha’ to press for our demands on July 6 during the Monsoon Session at Vidhan Bhavan, Civil Lines,”

said Naresh Wahane, President of the Nagpur Pustak Vikreta Kalyankari Sanstha. “Earlier, we had taken out a morcha during the Winter Session on December 14, 2017. At that time, our delegation met most of the MLAs and they assured us of solving the issue. Representations have been given to the Collector, Mayor, NMC and Metro Rail officials in this regard. Till date, nothing concrete has come out,” Wahane said.The secondhand booksellers’ delegation has also requested Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur, Sandip Joshi, leader of ruling party in Nagpur Municipal Corporation, corporators and senior Government officials to intervene and resolve their issue at the earliest.

In the name of development, the secondhand booksellers, who have been operating their business at the same location from the past eight decades, had vacated their market and handed over the land to the Nagpur Metro Rail officials where a highrise building will be coming up. The secondhand booksellers have been providing their valuable service to the masses due to which they have become an integral part of the society.Book-lovers, students and scholars used to visit the market in search of books and magazines discarded by people who did not need them any more at discounted rates.

“Since two years, only a handful of secondhand booksellers are running their business off Wardha Road, near Morris College T-Point. Most of the booksellers have closed their small shops. Eventually, after the completion of the multistoried building of Nagpur Metro, the remaining booksellers will also have to shut their shops. We are being deprived of our livelihood and the only means of supporting our families,” he pointed out.