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Moth-eaten pages on the shelves

Most public libraries in the city are in bad shape. Large stocks of rare and valuable books are being damaged due to lack of maintenance. Most of these libraries suffer a chronic funds crisis and cannot even appoint a trained librarian. As disinfectants are not sprayed regularly, old books are damaged by moths. The condition of several libraries in north Calcutta, especially Chaitanya Library, Bagbazar Reading Library and Boysí Own Library, is deplorable. It is high time the state government took steps for their restoration and channelled adequate funds. Calcutta has a rich heritage of reading which should be always be encouraged.

Rabindranath Kar, Sankar Ghosh Lane.

Foot stop

Several shopkeepers have encroached on the pavements of Jadu Babuís Bazar. They run business from the footpaths and use the shops as godowns. This, coupled with hawkers squatting on the remaining space, makes it difficult for pedestrians to move. The civic authorities must check this.

Sanjay Kumar Shaw, Bhowanipore.

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