After the closure of some Marathi theatres, around 11 Marathi libraries, run by the Mumbai Marathi Granth Sangrahalay have been forced to shut down due to lack of customers to sustain them. It runs one of the largest libraries for the reading and study of Marathi literature where thousands of students come to study everyday. BMC had handed over 29 libraries to MMGS for caretaking but due to insufficient funds to maintain and upgrade the libraries, customers have stopped visiting the place leading to the closure of 11 libraries. The libraries receive an annual grant of Rs 15000 from BMC which is very insufficient, said the MMGS secretary Krishnakanth Shinde.This library was established during the British era in 1898. The branches at Dadar, Parel, Grant road, Worli etc are just some of those which have been locked up for the past 2 years. Shinde further added that reasons for their closure. The condition of the MMGS library located in Dadar (W) have gone from bad to worst where the BMC themselves have opened a medical shop here. With western culture taking over the young generation, the cultural face of Mumbai city is being killed. However, the closure of the libraries – that are temples of knowledge and wisdom are one of the bitter realities of this change. With cameraperson Roshan Hate, Shailendra Upadhyay for NMTV News.
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