Mussoorie Library lights up

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Mussoorie Library

Mussoorie, Another tourist attraction is on the cards for visitors to the Queen of Hills this season. The hill station’s oldest living institution, the iconic Mussoorie Library a.k.a Kitabghar, in its 175th year is all set to be illuminated with lazer lights by a dynamic architectural lighting system.

This Victorian Era building that stands in all its glory today is because of the combined efforts of a British merchant, missionaries and officers of the Military Establishment living in Landour Cantonment. They got together to found the Library. This time around, the efforts of the State Government through the MDDA and CPWD have led to the façade of the building being lit up by Philips India. They have done similar projects in the country at Rashtrapati Bhawan, Varanasi Ghats, Howrah Bridge and the Indian Parliament to name a few iconic buildings.

Enhancing the grandeur of the Mussoorie library with different hues, these facade lightening are programmable lights which come-on as soon as the sun sets.

Though, this is work in progress and has its share of teething-problems, sources tell us that the work will be completed within a short span of time and will add to the charm of the Mussoorie Library.

Hony Secretary, Ganesh Saili, had this to say, “Gratifying to know that the State Government has zeroed down on this historical building after all these years. After all it is the only town-square named after a building!”

A thought which is reiterated by local resident Nitin Gupta who adds, “The fact that they have chosen Mussoorie Library and the Shaheed Sthal as the only two places to be illuminated by these lights. It is a great honour for us.”

In 1843, a Library Committee was formed under Vansittart, the Superintendent of the Doon, as its Chairman who used his personal money to create this Library. Afterwards, it was transferred to a trust ‘to be held forever in trust for and on behalf of the Mussoorie Library Committee.

May their tribe flourish!

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