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Mysuru man rebuilds library with public donations; Inauguration on Republic day

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

63-year-old Syed Isaaq, who was in news earlier when his public library was gutted down in fire, is set to inaugurate his new library that he rebuilt with funds from the public and elected representatives.

Even though the civic agencies promised to help him rebuild the library, they failed to fulfill it.

Syed Isaaq rebuilt his library with over 1800 books in stock. People across the world offered help by sending books and donations to rebuild it on the land belonging to Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA). With the donations he received, Isaaq has brought the library back to life using Zinc sheets.

“I received Rs 3.45 lakh in the form of cash from public and elected representatives that include MLAs Zameer Ahmed Khan, ST Somashekar and MP Pratap Simha. A 95-year-old woman donated Rs 15,000 for the cause. But I waited for the departments which took the responsibility to rebuild the library but it never happened. It was just waste of time. I decided to do it myself so that it can be inaugurated on Republic Day,” Syed Isaaq told media.

Syed Isaaq, resident of Rajiv Nagar whose library was burnt down on April 8 last year. He worked as a bonded labourer before he turned into an Under Ground Drainage (UGD) cleaner and did odd jobs. Though he did not get an opportunity to study, Isaaq did not want anyone else to face the same plight. That’s how the library came up. He continues to petition for more libraries in the city.

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