Now, read books for free at Pune Airport

Prajakta Joshi
Tuesday, 23 October 2018

For those who have to wait long hours for their flight, it’s finally time to ditch Wi-Fi and read books

Pune: Waiting at the Pune International Airport will no longer be boring for passengers who love to spend their time reading. In the first-of-its-kind initiative, NGO Akshar Bharati has set up a library at the Pune International Airport to facilitate passengers waiting at the airport to read books for free.

The library has around 500 books, roughly half in English and half in Marathi. The books belong to different genres and include children’s literature. The library has been set up at the departure area near Gate No 4.

“The library will be jointly managed by Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Sewa International Akshar Bharati. The AAI has provided the space and manpower for the project, while Akshar Bharati provided the books and has trained the people who are managing the library. The maintenance and upgradation of the library will be our responsibility,” Kedar Tapikar, Chief Co-ordinator, Akshar Bharati said.
The library was inaugurated on Friday, October 19.

Ajay Kumar, Director, Pune International Airport said, “It is for the first time that a library has been set up for the passengers at an airport in India by AAI. Right now, it is too early to say whether the people will like it or not and if they will use it or not. But we will take their feedback and see what they like. If proven successful, this project will be replicated at a few more airports in India.”

Anurag Agarwal, Founder, Akshar Bharati, said, “At Akshar Bharati, it is our mission to provide the facility of library to every reader. Starting at the airport, we are now planning to set up such community libraries at many other public places as well.”

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