Mobile App on bamboo housing and construction launched

ITANAGAR, Sept 13:In a bid to popularise and promote bamboo as super construction material, a Mobile App on bamboo housing and construction called ‘BAMTECH’ was launched today by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein at DCM Conference hall of Civil Secretariat, Itanagar.

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

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

The founder and CEO of the South Asia Bamboo Foundation (SABF), Kamesh Salam through his PowerPoint 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 the proper use of Bamboo starting from the treatment to the latest modern technology. Bamboo could be the sustainable material and solution to the government of India’s plan to construct 3 crore houses by 2022, he said.

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 will be organised at Namsai from 24th October to 2nd November which will benefit the local people of the state. The program will be organised by the State government jointly with SABF and Building Material Technology Promotion Council (BMPTC). The workshop will be conducted by a renowned bamboo designer and expert on bamboo housing, Mr Jorg Stamm a German National from Columbia. Mr Stamm has the credit of making most of the beautiful structures in the world including the Green School at Bali, Indonesia. More than 40 participants from State and other parts of India including from SAARC Nations, Bhutan and Sri Lanka are expected to attend the workshop cum training program at Namsai.

BAMTECH was developed by South Asia Bamboo Foundation under the sponsorship of Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council, 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, Skill development etc Honchun Ngamdam, MLA Namsai C.Z.Namchoom also shared their views for successful utilization of bamboo technology in the state.

Among others, Commissioner Planning & Finance, Kaling Tayeng, secretaries and officers of various departments attended the launching program of the mobile application.