Pak Plas Endorses Chandi Technology

Tharparkar ReliefSince the last several months, there has been a steady stream of publicity about the Chandi Technology (an innovation of Gul Bahao) in the European media especially Hungary, Britain, Germany, Holland, Italy, France, Greece etc. CNN, Voice of America and Aljazeera (and very recently BBC) have given it substantial coverage. What is more our website is being continuously studied all over the world.

The Chandi Technology is a research product whose development and extension has taken 23 long years on which millions of rupees of the wealthy and educated people of Karachi has been spent. This can be as big a change maker as the mobile telephone.

What is the Chandi Technology?. Briefly, they are modular blocks and panels whose raw material is Metalized film (or BOPP) and Thermopole respectively. The raw material used in the blocks is in fact a by product of plastic manufacturing industries, rendering it the most modern form of construction material hitherto. At the same time the techniques employed may be used for any and every kind of plastic waste, making it very useful for municipal waste management as well. The Chandi blocks however are absolutely clean and may be used in high quality prefabricated construction.

Now in the near future we will have Mobile factories, Mobile residential colonies, Mobile offices, Mobile hospitals Mobile schools – all of them being solid structures. Interchangeable in nature. A two storied Chandi Ghar can easily be converted into a water reservoir, a comfortable bed, sofa (in no time) and vice versa. Similarly the roof panels may easily be converted into light weight tables and chairs. Thanks to the insulated nature of the metalized film (the raw material used in the building blocks), the entire structure becomes cool in summer and warm in winter. Due to the sheer strength of the columns, a single room is easily extendable four times. The cost of manufacture and installation is unbelievably low because of the abundant availability of the raw material. They are also custom made. They can be easily produced and installed, with the minimum investment giving rise to a chain of entrepreneurs, dealers running into thousands. So far more than 150 structures using this technology have been put up all over Pakistan in following places. In Disaster Affected areas such as Mansehra, Muzaffargarh, Thatta, Awaran etc. Several times at Expo Centre and Karachi’s prominent places. Entertainment Hall and Lecture Hall. A Reception Hall which acts as a Rest House for patients attendants. It is being used by scores of people on a daily basis in Civil Hospital Mithi for the last three years.

A Ware House for Frontier Works Organization on the Super Highway housing chemical drums. Given the immense economic potential of the Chandi Technology, it would be but natural to use it for raising the employment level to the extent of Reviving the Economy.

At this point let us remember that the west has not developed because of its natural resources but because of its inventions like the Steam Engine, Antibiotics, Electricity etc. without having basic resources like abundant sunlight. At this stage, it is imperative that the government of Pakistan recognizes the immense importance of this technology which can help to revolutionize the economy as well as raise its image at the international level.

At the same time the Chandi technology offers unlimited opportunities for our plastic manufacturers who can use their waste material to produce Palace Like mobile structures and enter Pakistan’s vibrant construction industry with a BANG!

Chandi Ghar – Warehouse

Gul Bahao's Wastic Blocks
Gul Bahao’s Wastic Blocks

1. Rudimentary Structure (10’x12′)

Consists of a roof and floor (made of panaflex) and bamboo sticks, wall panels made up of aluminum foil and 8 was-tic blocks for the foundation. The roof would be inclined in order to let the rain pass through. The room size will be 10’x12′.

a) Roof 10’x12′. Costs Rs 10/square foot— Rs. 1,200

b) Floor 10’x12′ costs Rs 10/square foot— Rs. 1,200

c) Bamboo sticks (best available in the market) — Rs. 600

d) 4 wall panels (aluminum foil) —Rs. 400

e) 8 was-tic blocks — Rs. 300

The cost of this rudimentary structure will come to around Rs. 3,500

2. Chandi Ghar (10’x12′)

a) Consists of 10 columns of was-tic blocks 7 foot high.

b) 6 large and 12 small size bamboo sticks (best available in the market).

c) Panels made from either aluminum foil or panaflex panels, 3 in number

d) 2 wall panels on the side of the entrance.

e) 3 windows with a door opening of 3 feet

Rates:

1) 100 was-tic blocks at the rate of Rs. 40 per block — Rs. 4,000

2) 1 roof — Rs. 1,200

3) 1 floor — Rs. 1,200

4) Panels made from aluminum foil — Rs. 1,500

5) Panels made from panaflex — Rs. 4,000

6) Bamboo sticks — Rs. 600

Total cost of Chandi Ghar — Rs. 8,500 (panels made from aluminum foil)

Total cost of Chandi Ghar — Rs. 11,000 (panels made from panaflex)

Additional cost of windows and doors 50% hence coast of Chandi Ghar including doors and windows will be Rs. 12750, Rs.16500 respectively.

Cost of sending skilled worker would be Rs .400 per day for two people

Chandi block is modular, students of Fast University learn

Chandi block is modular, students of Fast University learn
Chandi block is modular, students of Fast University learn

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.