HUBBALLI: The North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation’s Hubballi division has decided to celebrate Kannada Rajyotsava in a unique way by offering a bus stop library.
Bookcases placed in the new bus terminal will have a wide selection of books for those looking to spend some time reading while waiting for their bus. Initially, a library was set up at the Hubballi new bus stand with 3,000 books, many of these novels, books on spiritual guidance and general knowledge for competitive exams. The transport corporation plans to set up libraries at other terminals too.
VS Patil, the chairman of the transport corporation, said that on a trial-and-error basis, a library was launched at the Hubballi new bus stand. After looking at the response and feasibility, at other bus terminals the library will be opened subject to the availability of space.
The matter of setting up the libraries has to be discussed at the board meeting, Patil said. “Later, we will decide how to run the libraries at all bus terminals. Initially, we plan to keep books in the Kannada language. Books on other languages would be made available based on requirement,” he said.
Ramesh Kuri, the librarian in the Hubballi division, said the 3,000 books were sourced from the district library.
Shankar Patil Munenakoppa, the district minister in charge, said setting up libraries at bus terminals will help large numbers of people. Instead of being engrossed in gadgets, they can read informative books, novels, spiritual books and newspapers, he said. “I will talk to the minister concerned to help in setting up libraries at the bus terminals in Dharwad district,” he added.


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