NGO Sarhad to Create India’s Largest Book Village in Aragam, Jammu and Kashmir

NGO Sarhad to Create India’s Largest Book Village in Aragam, Jammu and Kashmir

The Pune-based non-governmental organization (NGO) Sarhad has submitted a proposal to create India’s largest book village in Aragam village, located in the Bandipora district of North Kashmir in collaboration with the Jammu and Kashmir government. The village is nestled amidst the pristine forests of the Himalayas along the banks of Asia’s second-largest freshwater Wular lake in the district.

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Reasons for Choosing Aragam Village Jammu and Kashmir

According to an NGO official, the village’s scenic region and unparalleled natural beauty make it an ideal location to create a book village. The NGO chose Aragam village as it offers visitors a serene environment that can inspire them to delve into Kashmiri literature and the rich history of Kashmir while probing fundamental questions of life.

Books in 6 Languages and Audiobooks

The book village will have books in six languages, including English, Urdu, Kashmiri, Hindi, Marathi, and Bengali. The NGO also plans to make audiobooks available to visitors who can listen to books of their choice while on a stroll or trek.

Construction of Three-Storied Structures for Housing Books in Jammu and Kashmir

To facilitate the book village’s functioning, the NGO plans to construct two three-storied structures to house the books with sufficient reading tables. In addition, there will be a special room to house antique and valuable books and manuscripts, a computer room with internet access for visitors, and a general reading room comprising newspapers and magazines for the public to read.

Professional Management Committee to Run the Library

The NGO plans to run the library professionally, with its management committee comprising government and community members who will be elected. The staff will be recruited by the management committee to run the library.

Integration with Tourist Circuits

The NGO official noted that the book village can be comfortably integrated into the tourist circuits to increase footfall and spread awareness about the book village. The Sarhad has also planned Apple Tourism and Border Tourism in Jammu and Kashmir.

Readiness of Aragam Village to House Books

More than 50 households in Aragam village are ready to keep books in their houses with the responsibility to preserve books under the guidelines provided by Sarhad NGO. Additionally, the village has over six schools, two hospitals, and one panchayat where books can be made available.

The creation of India’s largest book village in Aragam village in collaboration with the Jammu and Kashmir government is a significant step towards promoting literature and preserving it for future generations. The book village will provide a serene environment for visitors to delve into Kashmiri literature and the rich history of Kashmir while enjoying the region’s natural beauty.

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