The Madras High Court Bench here has directed the Collector to consider a resolution passed by the Melur Municipality to shift a government library functioning in a dilapidated building to a new building proposed to be constructed on a 22-cent vacant site which once housed the Panchayat Union office and pass necessary orders within four weeks.

A Division Bench comprising Justice N. Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice R. Subbiah gave the direction while disposing of a public interest litigation petition filed by B. Stalin, a lawyer hailing from Melur.

During the course of hearing, Government advocate M. Rajarajan submitted written instructions given to him by the District Librarian on the steps taken to shift the library which has 5,800 members.

The Librarian had said that the municipality's resolution was forwarded to the Collector as well as the Melur Taluk Tahsildar and it was pending consideration of the former.

In his affidavit, the petitioner claimed that the library was functioning in the present location since March 14, 1955.

The building was in a poor state with leaking roof and water seepage from its walls.

The pathway leading to the building having about 50,000 books was full of thorny bushes and debris, the petitioner said and added that children, women, aged and the physically challenged found it very difficult to visit the library.

He also alleged that the government authorities did not take any action despite making several representations in this regard.