Heritage city to get replica of Lalbagh ‘Glass House’

Heritage city to get replica of Lalbagh ‘Glass House’

A view of the Glass House at Kuppanna Park in Mysuru.

The visitors to the ‘heritage city’ will have another attraction soon. The much awaited ‘Glass House’, being developed at Kuppanna Park, also known as Nishad Bagh, will be thrown open to the public in a few days.

The Glass House, which resembles the Glass House of Lalbagh in Bengaluru, is being developed in a heritage style. Even though the park is located at a prime location of the city, only a few tourists visit the park on normal days. But with the opening of the Glass House, the authorities concerned are hopeful of attracting more number of visitors round the year.

The Glass House was announced in the State Budget 2015-16 by the then chief minister Siddaramaiah and Rs 6 crore and an additional Rs 1.5 crore was earmarked for the purpose. Nikitha Build-Tech, a Bengaluru-based firm, took up the construction. Although the projected was expected to be ready by December in 2017, it was delayed owing to certain reasons.

The circular shaped glass house spreads over 2,149 sqm with a height of 21 m, and 36 m in diameter. The house has four entry points and solar-tempered glass panes have been used on all the sides.

The work on the glass house was commenced in January 2017. Horticulture department Assistant Director Thimmaraju, said, “The Glass House will be ready in a few days. 95% of the works have been completed and we are giving final touches. As Dasara flower show was organised in the park, there was a delay in the works.”

Saint-Gobain Glass India, Chennai, has supplied specially-designed glass, measuring 13.5 mm thickness, for the project.

The specially-designed glass has the quality to observe sunlight as much as needed for the plants as the structure will house various exotic plants.

The project includes a rainwater harvesting (RWH) unit and solar energy system. The rainwater will be re-used and solar system will be installed for illumination of the park. The park will be lit with colourful lightings during flower shows.