Anna library maintenance: Court gives more time to govt

Anna library maintenance: Court gives more time to govt

The Madras High Court has granted time till October 31 to the Tamil Nadu Government to complete all the deficiencies that were pointed out by two-member Advocate Commissioners in the Rs 179-crore Anna Centenary Library.

When a petition filed by a retired professor S T Manonmani came up for hearing before the first bench of chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and R Mahadevan, the petitioner’s counsel P Wilson argued that despite multiple orders from the court, the officials concerned have not taken steps to maintain the ACL properly.

However, government pelader S T S Moorthy said all the issues pointed out by advocate commissioners would be addressed before August 31.

Stating that it will order for further inspection by the Advocate Commissioners after rectification of all the deficiencies, the bench posted the matter for further hearing to November 4.

Last year, the HC constituted a two-member advocate commissioner committee to conduct an inspection in the Anna Centenary Library at Kotturpuram in the city to check on the basic amenities in the Rs. 179-crore facility.

The court said that the library was supposed to be one of the best and of international standard. “We are not commenting or whether it has been permitted to deteriorate deliberately or otherwise as alleged by the petitioner or whether it is maintained in the same condition as submitted by the advocate general. We would like to have an impartial inspection of the library as the situation prevalent earlier when it was inaugurated,” it said.

The AIADMK government had proposed to convert the library, built by the previous DMK regime, into a Super Specialty Hospital for children.

The High Court had on February 26, directed the Commission members P T Asha and P Sunder to visit the library to verify the factual position on the alleged deficiencies in the Rs 179 crore library and submit a report on a PIL by one S T Manonmani.