Organisers forced to pay full rate for site as they don’t have a recommendation from any Minister
Visitors at the 27th Hyderabad Book Fair in December will be in for a surprise. Among dozens of stalls set up by various publishing houses, media and groups of literary enthusiasts, they will find kiosks of engineering, junior and degree colleges, software companies, stationery dealers, banks and insurance companies.
The Hyderabad Book Fair Society has opened doors for all these enterprises to set up stalls at the annual fair to be conducted from December 14 to 25 this year at People’s Plaza, Necklace Road.
One reason behind this apparently commercial decision is the non-availability of site for the mega fair at a concessional rate. Till last year, the society got space at the People’s Plaza at a concessional price, thanks to recommendations it could procure from the State secretariat. However, this year, it is being forced to pay in full as no Minister has found time even to hear its plea, let alone recommending concessional space.
“Till last year, the rent we paid for space at People’s Plaza was Rs.26,000 per day, which included the cost of garbage clearance. This year, we have to pay in full, at the rate of Rs.51,000 per day,” says R. Hanumantha Rao, president, Hyderabad Book Fair Society.
Further, the society has paid in full even for the three to four preparatory days prior to the fair required to set up the stalls. Earlier, the GHMC would charge a nominal rent of Rs.6,000 per day for these days.
In a last ditch effort, the society is now planning to appeal to GHMC Commissioner M.T. Krishna Babu for concession.
Representatives from the society, through a media conference on Monday, invited aspirants to apply for space in the fair. Last date for applications is December 4. For more details, one may look up the website - www.hyderabadbookfair.com.
The fair will have 250 stalls this time round, of which 20 will be allotted to various media houses.
Speaking at the press conference, Vice-President of the society, P. Rajeshwar Rao, from Pragathi Publications urged the government to allot permanent slots during December at the People’s Plaza to conduct the fair.
Fair Society opens doors for other enterprises to set up stalls at People’s Plaza this year With concession, they pay Rs.26,000 per day while now they have to pay Rs.51,000 per day
Fair Society opens doors for other enterprises to set up stalls at People’s Plaza this year
With concession, they pay Rs.26,000 per day while now they have to pay Rs.51,000 per day