A few pleasant moments of reading, getting engrossed in another world is a hard reality for the visitors to the B.S Maktha library at Begumpet. This because electricity continues to elude this dilapidated building even as years have passed by and things around have changed a lot.
According to the local people the library doesn't have an electricity connection for the last one decade. Yet no officials have bothered to take note of it and take steps to arrange for it.
“It opens for three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon. Before we return from work it closes for the day. What is the use of such a facility,” questions Diwakar, a local resident. The timing of other branch libraries managed by the Hyderabad City Grandhalaya Samastha is from 8.00 a.m. to 11.00 am in the mornings and 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. in the evenings. “In absence of electricity supply they run the library from the 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. in the afternoons depriving the interested of an opportunity. Most of the people return from work only after 6.00 pm,” says Gopal, a private employee.
The locality with a thin population in the past now registers a three fold increase and so do the visitors to the library who search for space in the small rectangular hall that functions as a reading room.
“The space is inadequate at times people stand and quickly browse through the newspapers. On one hand the authorities promote libraries on the other they don't provide proper facilities,” says a regular to the place.
Leaking roof is another major problem in the rainy season that forces people to desist from visiting the library. “Our officials are planning to construct a new building at the place and ones it is constructed it will solve the grievance of the people,” says Venkatesh, the librarian.
Asif Yar Khan
Electricity continues to elude this dilapidated building