My blood boiled when I read this. Yeah, The Anna Centenary Library(ACL) in Chennai, which is one of the best libraries in the country is being shifted to another site because the current local Government wants to convert the place into a hospital. Though I am thrilled that the Government is trying to improve health-care in the city, I really can't fathom why the library has to move, when so much effort has already been put into making it perfect .I don't care whether this library is near the other two libraries mentioned in the news report. Connemara, the other large library in the city is a colossal apology to the the word library. The books are badly maintained ,with half of them sitting on the shelves with torn pages. I am not even going to talk about the seating facilities and the collection of books they have.
First , it was the Secretariat's turn to get in the line of fire and get converted to a hospital , now this..
I've visited ACL a few times and loved it to bits..It's by far the best libraries I've ever had the privilege of visiting. Totally state of the art ,the book collection here is amazing. Every single important book that you can think of is there .. and everything is brand new ! It truly is a book-lover's paradise.Of course, the new library(wherever ACL gets relocated) will have all the books too , but God alone knows when it will be operational .
Wonder how many more initiatives will get shelved/ changed and how much more of the tax-payer money will go down the drain in such unnecessary shuttling that is just aimed at satisfying political agendas.