Mancherial: The historical library of Chennur town has been a reliable source of knowledge and information for nearly seven decades. Still, it continued to be neglected by successive governments. However, it finds a swanky building and better quality amenities. The driving force behind the unprecedented makeover is none other than Government Whip and local legislator Balka Suman.
Suman, who is striving hard for developing the backward Chennur Assembly constituency on many facets, laid a special focus on the oldest library, which was originally built by the elders of the town with the help of contributions in 1948. He ensured that the town, known for producing intellectuals, eminent Vedic scholars and literary personalities, must have a fine library.
The Government Whip, who was instrumental in the remarkable face-lift of the facility, played a vital role in the government releasing funds of Rs 1 crore for constructing a new building meant shifting the facility and giving a new lease of life. Suman formally inaugurated the library on Saturday. He was joined by Peddapalli MP Dr B Venkatesh Netha, Zilla Parishad Chairperson Nallala Baghyalaxmi and District Libraries Chairman Renikuntla Odelu.
Having ground and first floor, the new library has spacious and separate reading rooms for men and women visitors, besides separate toilets and drinking water facility. It is equipped with a skill development centre where coaching will be given to aspirants of government jobs. A special wing has been created for developing the habit of book reading among children.
“I was always determined to develop the library, which should be useful to locals in many ways. The facility will be a boon to aspirants of government jobs. Special rooms have been created for encouraging women to utilise the opportunity. I am proud to be a part of the transformation of the library and the growth of the constituency like never before,” Suman told ‘Telangana Today.’
M Manthaiah, an avid visitor to the library, said: “The library used to be in ruins since 1990. The then Minister A Madhava Reddy laid the foundation for the renovation of the facility. But, the work never commenced due to unknown reasons. The facility failed to draw the attention of authorities and public representatives even when former MLA Boda Janardhan had served as the chairman of State Libraries Parishad.”
Many other visitors expressed happiness over the creation of the new building for the library. They thanked the government whip for addressing the challenge and for developing the facility.
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