Highlights from the Ground Visit of the 46th International Kolkata Book Fair, 2023
In a press note, the management of the 46th International Kolkata Book Fair 2023 informed the media that:
• Due to some essential tasks our Honourable CM Mamata Banerjee has, the time of the International Kolkata Book Fair has been changed from 4:30 pm to 2 pm. The time change has been communicated to every delegate, said Tridib Kr. Chatterjee.
• He said, Honourable CM already had a meeting with all the agencies like Informational Cultural Affairs, Fire brigade, Health, Electricity board, Urban Development, KMDA, and Bidhannagar Corporation at the 46th Kolkata International Book Fair. Monday after the follow-up ground meeting Tridib Kr. Chatterjee said the security management is better than last year.
• A permanent police and fire brigade control room constructed in the book fairground. There will be more CCTV cameras and watch tours.
• The whole responsibility for security has been assumed by the Bidhannagar Municipality. KMD will embellish the Book Fair’s exterior. However, the Book Fair’s decorating will be handled by the publisher’s committee.
• There will Book a Fair Bus terminus all over the city. Traffic management is also on focus.
• From next year visitors are going to have the convenience of an underpass so they can easily book fairground.
• This year book enthusiasts are going to get the convenience of Sealdah – Salt Lake Sector V metro for the first time. The Book Fair committee thus hopes that this year’s visitors will rise, which is exciting and concerning.
• This year the number of stalls has increased. Around 900 stalls will be there including international stalls. Two pavilions will be there
• PHE people will serve the water at Book Fair. The number of bio-toilets inside the ground have increased this year.
• There is a possibility that Sealdah Metro’s weekend hours would change in order to accommodate Book Fair.
• Especially for the Book Fair, Bidhannagar Police doing detailed work on parking
, traffic, car movement, and security, said Bidhannagar CP Shri Gaurav Sharma.