Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) has clarified that, while the land occupied by it in Thiruvananthapuram was on a special lease granted by the Travancore Maharaja in 1917, the building housing the British Library in the plot was constructed by the YMCA itself.

The YMCA issued this clarification here on Thursday in the context of a remark in the report titled “Forum steps up ‘Save Library’ campaign” published in The Hindu on January 7, which stated that “the library is functioning in a heritage building on lease from the State government to the YMCA and thence to the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.”

“The building in question was constructed by the YMCA and commissioned on October 29, 1928, by the late Sir T. Vijaya Raghava Charya. In short, the said building is fully owned by the YMCA,” YMCA general secretary Thomas Abraham said in his clarification.