Manoj Kumar Jena

The Biswanath Pandit Central Library, which was demolished for the construction of Netaji Bus Terminal in Cuttack’s Khannagar, is yet to get its own building, much to the inconvenience of students who are dependent on the facility. 

According to sources, the library is currently functioning from two temporary locations in the city. The students who are dependent on the library are allegedly facing issues as it has not been allotted a permanent location. 

As per sources, the library was first shifted to the Judicial Academy. However, due to irregular facilities, the library was shifted to the top floor of Netaji Bus Terminal.

Another unit of the library has been opened on a temporary basis near the Light House area in Chauliaganj. 

Due to the temporary location of the library, the students have demanded a permanent place for the library. Previously, around 300 students were coming to the library in a day, but the number dipped due to the relocation. 

“We are facing a lot of issues due to the temporary location. In the old library which was previously situated at Khannagar, students were coming in a very large number. But due to the current issue, the number of students has dropped. We are also unable to concentrate on our studies. We request the government to shit the library to a permanent location,” said a student. 

Speaking about the location issue of the library, CMC Commissioner Nikhil Pavan Kalyan said, “A permanent place for the library has been finalised and the construction work will begin soon. The construction of the new library will be completed in 6-7 months.”