150-ft new heat-resistant walkway has come up on a trial basis
To make walking a pleasure for tourists, a new facility has come up at the Mysore palace.
A 150-ft new heat-resistant walkway has come up on a trial basis on the palace premises.
The two-ft wide walkway painted in white does not burn the soles of the foot as the “specialised” paint on the walkway repulses ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun, keeping the surface less hot.
Inspired by a similar initiative introduced at the Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala, the Mysore Palace Board, moved by the plight of visitors, mainly children and the aged, who found it difficult to walk on the pavement when it is hot, decided to provide the much-needed relief from the heat by introducing the heat-resistant walkway also called “white walkway”.
Based on the feedback from tourists, the Board plans to develop such walkways in other places around the palace where tourists can move around.
Mysore palace is a prominent tourist destination in India and it attracts nearly three million tourists annually. Over 10,000 foreign tourists visit the site annually.
Mysore is experiencing a severe heat wave since past few days. Tourists have to walk a distance from the ticket counter to enter the palace. They are supposed to leave their footwear and walk barefoot to enter the palace. In the afternoon, it becomes extremely difficult for them to walk barefoot on concrete block pavements as they become hot due to the soaring mercury levels. Though the authorities have spread out coir carpets, they too become hot causing discomfort to tourists walking on it.
“Understanding the problem, we decided to replicate the model introduced in Dharmasthala to develop a walkway that is heat resistant for the convenience of tourists. It seems the idea is working as tourists are walking with ease on the walkway even in the hot sun,” says T.S. Subramanya, Deputy Director, Mysore Palace Board, Mysore.
Speaking to The Hindu , Mr. Subramanya said that a Chennai-based company has developed the walkway. The area where the walkway is to be developed up is washed with a special solution and given a coat of concrete penetrate sealer. Later, the area is painted with waterproof epoxy paint. A reflect coat is painted on the portion to repel UV rays.
He said the Board spent Rs. 42 per square feet to develop the 150-feet walkway.
Interestingly, the Board authorities checked the temperature on the heat-resistant walkway. While the temperature on the concrete pavement was 60 degree Celsius and 57 degree Celsius on the coir carpets, but the temperature was 34 degree Celsius on the walkway. “This gives much needed relief to tourists,’ said the Board’s Engineer Shivkumar.
The Mysore Palace Board was inspired by a similar initiative introduced at the Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala Based on the feedback from tourists, such walkways are planned for more places around the palace
The Mysore Palace Board was inspired by a similar initiative introduced at the Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala
Based on the feedback from tourists, such walkways are planned for more places around the palace