Bengaluru: Over 85,000 people thronged Lalbagh to witness the annual flower show on Thursday. Last year, on Republic Day, 75,000 people visited the show organised by Horticulture Department. A total of Rs 25 lakh was collected on Thursday from the sale of tickets as against Rs 6 lakh the previous day. School children were allowed free entry. Last weekend, the collection had crossed Rs 20 lakh.
The 30-foot-long GolGumbaz and presence of tribals are added attractions this year. They have been attracting the maximum crowd from all parts of the state.
Lalbagh was swarming with crowds who had come to witness the flower show;
“Last year, we had a replica of Mysore Palace and people from old Mysuru region arrived in large numbers to witness the floral wonder. This time, it is Gol Gumbaz and people from both north and south Karnataka are visiting Lalbagh in large numbers to see this,” said an official from Horticulture department.
“Over two lakh people have already visited the flower show so far. Last year, 2.5 lakh visitors enjoyed the show. We will cross the last year’s figure at the end of the show on January 29,” the official added.
The tickets have been priced at Rs 50 and Rs 20 for adults and children, respectively on weekdays. On holidays, each ticket will cost Rs 60 for adults.
Traffic police had a tough time on Thursday with the movement of vehicles near Lalbagh being more than usual.
Wilson Garden traffic police said, “We had the prior information and we had deployed more police personnel at the entry and exit points. We ensured proper parking of vehicles, because of which no traffic jam was witnessed. There was slight traffic commotion mainly because of too many vehicles coming to the venue.
Car parking arrangements were made at Shantinagar Bus Stand and BBMP car park on JC Road. Two-wheeler parking was arranged at Al-Ameen College and HOPCOMS premises near Double Road Gate. All the designated parking spaces were full.