New foundation stone for Glass house at Vaccine Depot

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On March 13, 2011 a foundation stone was laid by then CM BS Yedrurappa but the work never commenced as the Save Vaccine Institute Action Committee has opposed this making of a glass

Today on June 9, 2015 District incharge minister will again lay the foundation stone for the glass house which will be a replica of the one in Lal bagh, Bengaluru. 

The total cost of the Glass house is Rs.150 lakhs will be constructed in 9 months. It was first decided to construct this Glass house when the first assembly session was held at Belagavi and a sum of Rs.500 lakhs have alloted for the same. Currently 150 lakhs have been sanctioned and the remaining amount would be disbursed for garden development later.

Foundation stone laid for Glass house March 13,2011
Foundation stone laid for Glass house March 13,2011

The glass house will be built in the vaccine depot campus behind the Ayush Hospital.

The heritage park work for the vaccine depot is also on paper alone and nothing has in actual moved on the ground since 2010.

Historical value of Vaccine Depot:The Belgaum Vaccine Depot also known as Vaccine Institute was started by Captain F.H.G. Hutchinson 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 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. Vaccine Depot is located in the heart of the city and spreads to about 100 acres. Vaccine Depot is a mini exotic forest and has about 3700 varieties of medicinal plants and has a potential to be preserved as a natural reserve. The site has lush greenery and a seasonal natural drain flows during rainy season and has potential for being developed as a landscape element. The site is a treasure of exotic flora and fauna.

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