Seven-day long 26th Bardhaman District Book Fair begins at Gandhi More Mela Maidan of Durgapur from today (December 20). This will be the biggest book fair, Durgapur has ever seen. There will be a “walkathon” in the morning to mark the inauguration of the book fair today.
Though people of Durgapur are accustomed with book fair during the Kalpataru Mela held in January at the Gammon Friends Club ground near Durgapur railway station and during Ratha Yatra Mela held in Rajiv Gandhi Mela Maidan in Durgapur Steel Township, but this is supposed to be real big.
95 publishing houses will set up 101 stalls at the week-long book fair. The state’s Library Department and Mass Education Department together have contributed Rs 2 lakh for this year’s book fair.
Three state minister accompanied by the district collector, Sabhadhipati of Burdwan Zilla Parishad and the Mayor of the Durgapur Municipal Corporation are scheduled to participate in a walkathon during the inauguration of the district book fair. State Agriculture Minister Mr Moloy Ghatak, Small and Medium Enterprise Minister Swapan Debnath and Technical Education Minister Robiranjan Chatterjee will take part.
Two hundred and twenty-eight libraries across Burdwan have been asked to purchase books worth Rs 14,000 each and the district inspector of schools has instructed 238 high schools in the district to purchase books worth Rs 10,000 each.
“The Durgapur Municipal Corporation – one of the agencies behind the show, has assured to buy books worth Rs 1.5 lakh from this year’s book fair,” said Mr Subrata Sain, joint secretary of the District Book Fair Committee.
A Car Expo has also been organized beside the book fair. Leading car brands have made their commitments to participate in the expo to tap, one of the largest car markets of eastern India.
The organizers are expecting a large turnout and have assured good business to the publishing houses attending the book fair because of the cosmopolitan culture of the industrial town of Durgapur.