|M S Rattu NRI to present Doaba its first - 24x7 library|
NOBLE CAUSE M S Rattu NRI to present Doaba its first “24x7 library” RS 5-CRORE BUILDING WITH MODERN ARCHITECTURE WILL HOUSE 500 ONLINE SYSTEMS AND 50,000 BOOKS JALANDHAR : Proposing to introduce a world-class reading and information facility in the hinterland of Doaba, a US-based NRI has drawn up a plan for a first-of-its-kind 24x7 “Jalandhar Public Library” at Ramuwal village 35 km from here. To be situated on the Jalandhar-Mehatpur road, in Nakodar subdivision, the library is being promoted by US-based Manjeet Singh. The 10,000-square-foot library will be equipped with 500 online systems and 50,000 books on yaried subjects. Based on the latest in architectural trends, the building the foundation stone for which was laid on January 11 will also incorporated evevator: To be set up at a cost of Rs. 5 crore, it is expected to be complete in about one year. A US-based construction company, Mies, has been hired for the project, Manjeet Singh said. Membership for the library would be Rs. 100 a year, which would entitle a person to 15 books in 30 days. The NRI said the project would be a tribute to his father D.R. Rattu, in whose name the family has set up a trust for welfare activities. He is also planning to build a 50-bed super-specialty hospital at his village Ramuwal with an investment of Rs. 2.5 crore. Being set up in association with UK-based Dr. Manpreet Randhawa, the 10,000-square-foot hospital would be completed in six months, he said. Manjeet Singh has also undertaken many developmental projects in his village, including a bus stand and supply of drinking water. Hindustan Times New Delhi.