The Mysuru Glass House will be ready before the start of Dasara in October and this year’s main theme of the Dasara Flower Show will be featured in the new facility at Kuppanna Park. The Glass House will be formally inaugurated during the launch of the flower show.
The Horticulture Department had plans of hosting the flower show at the Glass House last year itself, but it could not realise its wish as the facility was incomplete.
After initial doubts of its completion this year too, the work is at last in the concluding stages and the main floral theme will be housed there besides the arrangement of ‘out-of-the-ordinary’ varieties of flowers inside the house for attracting visitors.
Senior Assistant Director of Horticulture Thimmaraju told that compared to Lalbagh Glass House in Bengaluru, the Mysuru Glass House is bigger and wider with dome-shaped ceiling, making it distinct, matching the heritage designs in Mysuru.
As the department was facing space constraints in the past for developing the main theme, a grand plan is on the cards with the Glass House taking its final shape. The department has plans to come up with sub-themes to make the show striking.
The built-up area of the Glass House is around 1,020 sq. m with a circular outline. Solid toughened glass has been used for the entire structure with the support of steel girders. In order to raise plants, flooring has been kept natural. For temperature control, the facility is equipped with several exhaust fans and ceiling fans.
The project was announced in the 2015-16 State budget by the then Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, and Rs. 6 crore was set aside for it. The project took off after several months of waiting because of technical reasons. The work missed several deadlines.
“This year, the Glass House is the main attraction of the show,” said the officials overseeing the arrangements.
Kuppanna Park got a facelift through the grants sanctioned by the then Chief Minister Siddaramaiah as it is closer to the city’s main tourist attraction – the Mysuru palace. The park, which is spread over 12 acres, is just a five-minute walk from the palace. The Mysore City Corporation had handed over the park’s development and maintenance to the Horticulture Department, which was looking for a suitable place for holding the flower show. The musical fountain inside the park is another attraction.
The fountain dances to eight songs, including Kannada and Hindi, during the 20-minute show.