Shimla | TNR
Furious over the closure of the British era State Library located on the Ridge, students and regular readers using the library staged a protest on the spot. The idea of setting up a book cafe by the Shimla Municipal corporation in its place has not been welcome by regular users.
Students and readers hence stood in solidarity and warned that they would gherao the Chief Minister and Shimla Mayor Satya Kaundal if the decision was not repealed. The library is being used by several students who prepare for competitive exams. However, the Mayor justified that the library was being renovated and that it was not right to open a cafe at that place.
Library to be renovated at a cost of Rs 2.30 crores
The heritage building, a part of the British era, which houses the State Library is expected to be renovated at a cost of Rs 2.30 crores as part of the smart city project.