Baramulla: The inhabitants of Bijhama village in Bonyar tehsil of Baramulla district have decried the shifting of the public library to a noisy and crowded market of Bijhama.
Local residents told Kashmir Reader that Department of Libraries & Research shifted the library arbitrarily without consent from regular visitors.
The library was housed in two big halls inside 200-year old local mosque which gutted in a fire in 2016. As an alternative, locals said, they arranged a space in one of the nearby houses.
“But, one person who is ex-serviceman of libraries department is believed to have influenced and motivated department to shift the library to his newly constructed structure at Bijhama market,” Basit Lone, a local said.
He said that they presented a representation letter having signatures and consent of several locals including members of masjid committee and senior citizens at Baramulla office of libraries department.
“But we got a cold response from them and a formal order was issued by the deputy director for libraries seeking shift of library from its current place to half-a-km away in the market. We demand revocation of the order,” he said.
Director Libraries, Mukhtar-ul-Aziz told Kashmir Reader that it was due to dilapidated condition of earlier building that forced department to shift the library to a new place
He refused that the library was shifted to a structure owned by ex-serviceman of his department.
However, he assured that he will still look into the issue and try to address the grievances of local residents.