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CMC signal for book fair
- Wait for police nod

The civic body on Sunday okayed the Publishers and Booksellers Guild’s proposal to hold Book Fair 2008 on the Park Circus Maidan. Calcutta police, however, is yet to give its nod.

In a meeting with author Sunil Gangopadhyay, who represented the Guild, mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharyya said there would be no problem in holding the fair on the Park Circus Maidan.

“We have given permission to the Guild. It will also be allowed financial concessions like in previous years,” Bhattacharyya told Metro. The 33rd Book Fair, with America as its central theme, will continue from January 29 to February 10.

“I am not aware of the civic body’s permission… We are yet to give our approval,” said Vineet Goyel, the deputy commissioner of police (headquarters). “We will meet the organisers again.”

Guild officials, led by general secretary Tridib Chatterjee, met Goyel at Lalbazar on December 20 and informed him about the venue.

Senior officers said the Guild knows the reasons why the green signal has not yet been given. The police are worried about the effect on traffic if the fair is held on the Park Circus Maidan, which is next to the busy seven-point crossing, said an officer.

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