Yesterday, Gul Bahao’s, Nargis latif addressed the students of the Fast University at their Karachi campus where its Head Dr. Manzoor Anwer Khalidi introduced her to the students. Nargis disclosed that her organization is in the process of putting up an Environment Museum at its site in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. The museum will be open to students and municipal authorities and will show case the different innovations of Gul Bahao.
Nargis said that the last nineteen years of Gul Bahaos existence have been highly eventful with the number of innovations growing manifold. These have in fact been ingenious solutions to the different environmental problems being faced by Karachi but in fact have resulted in bringing in new ideas ,cheaper products to change the economy of the country, she said.
Reporting the latest developments in Gul Bahao’s activities Nargis revealed that its research centre is converting clean plastic waste produced by factories into multipurpose chandi blocks. These in turn are being made into furniture, houses, swimming pools and now even a thick tarpaulin i.e. a good alternative to thin plastic sheets used for covering goods. Speaking excitedly, she went on “The blocks are modular; one item changes into another without any kind of destruction. In other words a Chandi Ghar can be converted into a swimming pool and vice versa. She revealed that her research centre is working on different kinds of moulds, yielding different kinds of products.
According to the Gul Bahao’s Head, the organization from time to time has been acknowledged/ visited by international organizations like the UNDP, ILO, German government, Clinton Foundation; multinationals like ICI, Lasmo Oils (it was funded by it for several years). It has been covered by Courier International (French newspaper), Voice of America, and BBC. She said recently CNN requested to do a detailed coverage of Gul Bahaos projects. She said the fact is that the fruits of Gulbahos work is not only for local consumption but also has international bearings.
Nargis said that Gul Bahao is looking for sponsors for its ambitious project of putting “Gardens in the air” which will be using organic waste and shoppers to grow multi storied plantations in the manner of high rise buildings. The thinking behind this is that land being unbearably expensive, horticulture (an excellent way of recycling organic waste) must also go highrise in any thickly populated metropolis like Karachi.
The students were keen to know details of the Safai/Kamai bank claimed to be a futuristic banking system by Gul Bahao. Nargis exhorted the students to do their theses on this subject which she said had won students of the IOBM accolades from LUMS.
Nargis concluded by saying that progress in the industrial world has not only thrown up new goods totally unknown hitherto but its waste too has given rise to new challenges and exciting propensities as well/
After a resounding applause from the students, the head of the FAST University Dr Manzoor Akhter presented a memo to the CEO of Gul Bahao.