An official announcement is likely by Monday and the CM of Karnataka will lay the foundation stone for the same on 25th August 2007 as the sources said.
Captain F.H.G. Hutchinson started the institute for manufacturing Small Pox vaccine in 1904 under the then Government of Bombay Province. The institute was shifted to its present premises in Tilakwadi following completion of building construction works in 1909. The main building is made out of stone.
The institute was manufacturing 40 million doses of freeze dried small pox vaccine and supplying all over the country and to neighboring countries as well. During 1954, the vaccine was changed from cow-calf to sheep-based. Following reorganization of States, the administration of institute came under the control of Government of Karnataka in 1956. In 1968, the vaccine was changed from sheep to buffalo calf and the production capacity was increased to 47 million doses in 1974 — one third of total requirement of the country. The manufacturing of the vaccine was cut down in 1977 in view of zero incidence of small pox in the country and completely stopped in 1978. Yet, during the same year, the activities of the institute switched over to manufacture of neural tissue anti-rabies vaccine.
Since then the Govt. of Karnataka has neglected this and now showing the reasons that no vaccine is produced and the building is also not in a good condition the place can be better utilized by building a Vidhan Soudha.
The ground in front of the institute that has been the playground for thousands of Belgaumites might also face the axe for parking or similar sort of activities.
Belgaum, in order to develop needs to grow outside its existing borders with proper planning and good infrastructure, which is not available in this depot, except for a few heritage buildings.
The Belgaumites strongly recommend that development in a positive manner take place outside the existing boundaries of Belgaum, with plantation of trees.
Come lets raise our voices against this Come Lets save Belgaum’s heritage.
Note: This particular matter has been written with specific inputs from news papers and also my own sources.