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Digital library at Thubarahalli remains only as a promise

The library building at Thubarahalli was completed in 2017 and in the same year the MLA handed over from BBMP to the State Library Department, but work on the city’s second digital library is still incomplete.

Nine years ago Local MLA Arvind Limbavali had promised to set up this digital library. Initially the revenue department transferred about 30 guntas of land in Thubarahalli near  Whitefield.  Under a Public Private Partnership model BBMP was supposed to develop a public library with digital library facility.

Satish Kumar Hosamani, director, department of public libraries, said, “The department is facing a cash crunch as the BBMP has not paid the library cess for some years now. The interior works and appointment of staff were not done as we had no funds. If the BBMP pays us the cess, then we can do the pending works. Some minor works are going on inside the building.”

“The Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited (KRIDL) has completed the plan for interiors and work will commence in a few months,” Hosamani said.

According to sources, the building was about to be converted into a party office by some elected representatives. “When I visited the building for some reason, I got a little suspicious as many members of a party were present in the building. After inquiring, I inferred that a part of the building was to be resorted as a party office,” said a source from Whitefield, but did not reveal the party’s name. “There is no way that the building will be converted into a party office. We will not allow it. It is a baseless allegation. The library is a public space and it will remain one,” Hosamani clarified.

“When I visited the building for some reason, I got a little suspicious as many members of a party were present in the building. After inquiring, I inferred that a part of the building was to be resorted as a party office,” said a source from Whitefield, but did not reveal the party’s name.

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