Kolkata Book Fair Fever : Extra Buses For Book Wormers


Kolkata: The 42nd International Calcutta Book Fair starts with chief minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurating it a day before with Francoise Nyssen, the French minister of culture and communication. The transport department will ferry book lovers to Central Park, Salt Lake, this year’s Book Fair venue.

“Some 200 buses would ply from 15 locations to the venue,” Suvendu Adhikari, transport minister, said. “On weekends, the number will go up to 250.” Adhikari spoke after meeting members of the Publishers and Booksellers Guild, which organises the fair.

This year, there have been questions if the fair would remain equally attractive with the change in venue. Last year, the 12-day fair at Milan Mela had recorded a footfall of close to 2 million visitors.

The Book Fair special shuttle services will run between noon and 8pm every day covering key locations, including Esplanade, Dunlop, Sealdah, Behala, Bally Halt, Joka, Garia and Barasat. “We will cover a huge area, including Dankuni, Uttarpara, Barrackpore, Baruipur, Habra, and Barasat,” a transport official said.

“A team of officials will monitor the movement of buses… there will be no problem with public buses,” Adhikari said.