The library in Barola village in Sector-49, Noida, may soon give way to a panchayat office. The library that came into existence four years ago and attracted around 60-70 visitors everyday has not been functioning for a month or so after village panchayat objected to library on its land.
The sarpanch of the village wants the premises to be used as a panchayat office (panchayat karyale).Shanktula Devi Public Library was opened by a resident of Sector-41, Sanjay Sehgal, for free access by anybody. Sehgal, an NRI who returned to India 10 years ago, alleged, “The sarpanch and a few other villagers do not want this library to flourish. The local authorities are creating hurdle and want the library to be closed.
It is Noida Authority land. Some villagers indulge in gambling and drinking outside the library premises.” Shegal, an ardent reader, is in exports business and now settled in Noida. He claimed that when the library started in 2007, locals didn’t oppose. With the funds from of his relatives and friends in the US, he had arranged books for the library.