The transport department will run 400 dedicated buses for Kolkata International Book Fair from 3pm to 9pm. Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari on Wednesday published a booklet detailing the routes in presence of Booksellers and Publishers’ Guild president Tridib Chatterjee and general secretary Sudhanshu Shekhar Dey.
The buses will cover all major destinations – Sealdah, Howrah, Parnashree, Behala, Shakuntala Park, Thakurpukur, Garia, Jadavpur, Kamalgazi, Raja Bazar, Habra, Chiria Mor, Barasat, Bally, Baruipur, Barrackpore, Santragachhi, Rathtalam Belgachia, Titagarh, Dankuni and Park Circus. Special shuttle service will be run from Sealdah, Kamalgazi, Tollygunge, Rathtala, Ultadanga.
The 44th Kolkata International Book Fair is slated to start on January 29 and end on February 8. The fair will be inaugurated by chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
Meanwhile, the Guild has decided to list all old-age homes in the city and donate mini-libraries to them. This, they feel, can be an antidote to loneliness that grips elderly citizens who live away from family. “No one can keep company better than books. “Neither can they visit libraries as frequently as possible nor can most homes afford a library. So we have decided to step in,” said Dey.
Efforts are being made to make the event eco-friendly, though the details are not known yet. Guild members said that the state urban development department has laid out elaborate plans for this and is about to announce them soon. CESC, which partners thefair, is doing its bit to serve the environment. It will publicise the use of electric vehicles and will also have an electric two-wheeler parked at the fair along with a charging point to encourage book lovers to vote for these emission-free modes of transport.
The theme country of the fair this year is Russia. “We will have the ambassador of Russia to India, Kudashev Nikolay Rishatovich, and many dignitaries and writers from Russia at the fair,” said Chatterjee. Other than Russia, 20 countries will participate in the fair. There will be at least 40 publishers from Bangladesh who will participate this year.
Source: Times of India