Dy CM asserts on ‘full’ utilization of bamboo resources

Dy CM asserts on ‘full’ utilization of bamboo resources

ITANAGAR, Sep 13: With Arunachal Pradesh being the leader in bamboo resources in the entire North East region with scores of its species spanning thousands of sqkms, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna has asserted on finding a solution for its full utilization, saying it should not remain as a limited local usage.

“Our state is repository of bamboo resources having the highest bamboo reserves in the entire NE region with 74 species and 15000 sq km of coverage. We must find a solution for its full utilization and should not remain as a limited local usage,” said Mein.

The Dy CM said this while launching a Mobile App on bamboo housing and construction called BAMTECH at his conference hall in Civil Secretariat here today, in an attempt to popularize and promote bamboo as super construction material.

Mein said that since time immemorial the usage of bamboo for housing and other constructions are traditional and part of local culture of people of the State. The application which holds essential features with information regarding the usage of bamboo for housing, construction, making of furniture and manufacture of quality products will hugely benefit the local youths, artisans and entrepreneurs of the State to explore opportunities in commercialization of bamboo through the use of app.

The founder and CEO of the South Asia Bamboo Foundation (SABF), Kamesh Salam, through a P-P presentation highlighted the functions of the application. He informed that the advantage of the app is to promote bamboo housing under PMAY (Prime Ministers Awaas Yojna), homestay housing, tourist cottages etc. He also provided information on proper use of bamboo starting from treatment to the latest modern technology. Bamboo could be the sustainable material and solution to the Govt of India’s plan to construct three crore houses by 2022.

To create a niche for bamboo in eco-tourism in the country where Arunachal Pradesh will take the “lead”, a workshop cum training on ‘Building with Bamboo’, organized by the state govt jointly with SABF and Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC), will be held at Namsai from 24th October to 2nd November next.

The workshop will be conducted by a renowned bamboo designer and expert on bamboo housing, Jorg Stamm, a German national from Columbia. Stamm has the credit of making most of the beautiful structures in the world including the Green School at Bali, Indonesia.

BAMTECH has been developed by SABF under the sponsorship of BMTPC, Ministry of Urban Housing and Urban Affairs.

Apart from the app, the SABF also spelt out plans for more economic development programme in the region including biofuel.

Minister Tax & Excise Jarkar Gamlin, Minister Education Honchun Ngandam, MLA Namsai Z Namchoom also shared their views for successful utilization of bamboo technology in the state, according to an official release.

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