The Hyderabad City Grandhalaya Samstha (HCGS) is planning to renovate and construct new library buildings in Hyderabad. This includes a Branch Library Maisaram at Barkas on the border between Hyderabad and Rangareddy districts. HCGS wants to build 12 new libraries and renovate 33 others in Hyderabad. Lack of funds has delayed the approval of these projects, leaving many facilities in poor condition. The dilapidated building of the Branch Library Maisaram in Barkas, which was established in 1967, will be rebuilt with a multi-story structure.
The new library building will have multiple academic facilities, including a newspaper section, periodical section, book section, separate sections for men and women, a librarian section, and a digital room. The construction of the new building has been funded with Rs 60 lakh and is expected to be completed within three months.
The local people claim that the library has been non-functional for the past two years, despite officials stating that 20-25 readers use the facility in both morning and evening sessions. Some residents argue that the proposed plan for the library lacks a broader vision that meets the needs of the local population. They believe that the new library should have provisions for a government degree college for boys or girls as there is currently no such facility in the area. The residents argue that students who want to pursue higher studies have to travel far to the city as there is no government degree college nearby.