Design of Rs.100-crore library in a month

HONOURING LITTERATEURS: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi with writers who were conferred the BAPASI awards(from left) Sara Joseph, S. Tamizhselvi, Puviarasu, M.S. Sambandan and M. Ramaswamy at the 31st Chennai Book Fair on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: M. Vedhan

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Nine firms asked to submit models: Karunanidhi

CHENNAI: The architectural design of the Rs.100-crore modern library will be finalised in a month, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said here on Tuesday.

Speaking at a function at the annual exhibition of books organised by the Book Sellers’ and Publishers’ Association, Chennai, he said 23 firms had expressed interest in the project. Of these, nine had been short-listed and asked to submit models for the complex. Work will begin soon after finalisation of the model.

Land allocated

The Government has allocated eight acres at Kottur village in Chennai, which has been handed over to the School Education Department, he said. (The Libraries department is handled by the School Education Ministry).

On setting up a book exhibition venue of international standards, he said land to locate the permanent exhibition would be finalised soon. Once this was done, the remaining process could begin.

Fulfilling promises

Mr. Karunanidhi reminded people that he had made these two promises last year. Since he believed in keeping promises, he was reporting to people on their progress. Mr. Karunanidhi said by the time he visited the book fair next year, both the structures would be ready.

Mr. Karunanidhi handed over Rs.1 lakh, a citation and a shawl to Tamil writers S. Tamizhselvi, Puviarasu, M.S. Sambandan and M. Ramaswamy and Malayalam writer Sara Joseph.

The awards were given out of a Rs.1-crore gift Mr. Karunanidhi gave the association last year.