Sudama Prasad leads Team Visit to Khudabakhsh Library

A team led by Bihar Assembly Library Committee Chairman and CPIML MLA Sudama Prasad and comprising Paliganj MLA and Library Committee member Sandeep Saurav, and CPIML leaders Santosh Sahar, Abhyuday, Kamlesh Sharma and Kumar Parvez visited the Khudabakhsh Library on 10 April 2021 and took stock of the entire situation after concerns were raised in civil society following the government's decision to demolish the library's oldest building to make way for construction of the Kargil Chowk-NIT flyover.

Earlier, a meeting was held at the CPIML state party office chaired by State Secretary Kunal, where discussion was held on civil society's opposition to the government's decision to demolish parts of Khudabakhsh Oriental Library and the demand that the government should revoke this decision.

Library Committee Chairman Sudama Prasad said, we are getting regular feedback from civil society and intellectuals from within as well as outside Bihar who are concerned about the Khudabakhsh Library. The whole of Bihar wants that this historic library should be protected and instead of demolishing its historic heritage buildings, an alternative way should be found by the government for construction of the flyover. He said that the Bihar Assembly Library Committee has written to the Speaker and the Chief Minister opposing the demolition of the Khudabakhsh Library. The Committee also met the Director and other personnel of the library, as well as members of Patna's civil society. There us an alternative way to construct the flyover and we shall once again convey to the government the concerns of civil society in this matter.

Sudama Prasad further said that the Library has also given us alternative ways and routes by which the area will be free from traffic jams and at the same time the historic buildings of Khudabakhsh Library, Patna College, Patna University, Science College etc will not need to be demolished. He also said that a meeting of Bihar's intellectuals and educationists will soon be called on this issue and if the government does not see reason, plans will be made for action through protest.