Ahmedabad will host a national book fair from May 1 to 7 and it is going to become an annual event in these dates to make it a permanent feature in the book fair calendar of the country.
This is for the first time that the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is organising the fair and it is going to be a big event, AMC Commissioner Guruprasad Mohapatra said.
The idea,which gels with the recently concluded Vanche Gujarat,a pet campaign of Chief Minister Narendra Modi,is expected to become an instant hit among a large number of premier educational institutes and growing number of students hailing from various parts of the country,said Mohapatra.
The most awaited event will be held with active participation by M J Library in collaboration with National Book Trust,New Delhi.
Mohapatra said letters have already been dispatched to leading publishers to ensure a versatile language wise participation,besides the NBT publications. He said he met officials of Federation of Indian Publishers in New Delhi a few days ago. Pending final confirmations about participation,it is expected that over 200 publishers would take part in the event.
Looking to the heat,the entire venue,comprising three domes,will be made centrally air-conditioned with ample parking space,he said. With no entry fee,we are going to make it more broad-based looking to linguistic variety of this mega city, he said.
Mohapatra has drawn a plan for execution to the minutest detail; right from entry to stalls layout to food courts that will come up on the river front at the Vallabh Sadan entry point on Ashram Road. Five deputy commissioners of AMC will oversee the work.