Century-old library Bhakta Kabi Gopal Krushna Library lies in neglect

Paralakhemundi: The century-old Bhakta Kabi Gopal Krushna Library in Paralakhemundi, which was established to preserve the Odia literary works, is itself on the path to dilapidation amid utter neglect and administrative apathy.

According to sources, the library is in a very bad shape with old books lying in tatters. The library was constructed with the objective of conserving literature works and also to serve as a museum for ancient books from India, Odisha and the local region.

“The library was a rich source of knowledge during our college and school days. Now, it lies in ruins,” an intellectual, Bichitrananda Debarta said.

Another intellectual Bibhuti Bhusan Behera said “I had spoken with the officials of the municipality about the library. They informed that a directive has been issued for construction of a new building for the library. However, there is delay in the completion of work due to lackadaisical attitude of the department officials.”

On the other hand, the Executive Officer of Paralakhemundi Municipality, Ashok Kumar Rout said that the tender for the construction was issued in November 2017 while work order was issued to the contractor in March this year.

“The construction of the new building for the library was disrupted for two months due to Cyclone Titli. The work is scheduled to be completed in the next 3 months,” Rout said.