Based on the premise that the Quran and Sunnat give solutions to all problems let us try to solve the seemingly intractable problem of plastic waste pollution.

The Quran says “O you who believe, make not unlawful the good things which Allah has made lawful for you. But commit no excess for Allah loves not those given to excess.”

Islam advocates the middle path. Just as it condemns profligacy and extravagance, it also  discourages abstinence from worldly matters. In effect Islam is against all kinds of extremism.

Now let us apply this principle to the movement against plastics. No doubt the manufacture and widespread use of plastics has caused innumerable problems. Our drainage systems, our water courses are being clogged with wrappers, shopping bags and what not. But is the answer an outright ban on them?

Everyone knows that plastics have made life cheaper and simpler. To put an outright ban on them is not only impossible but would be counter productive as well. The answer to plastic pollution may be found in research, reuse and recycling.

Certainly, recycling of plastic waste was started right from the beginning, however with the passage of time a plethora of plastic waste came up which could not be easily recycled.

This problem was solved on 14th January 2018 at an open exhibition held at the Karachi Press Club where each and every kind of hitherto non recyclable plastic waste like metallic film (wrappers in common parlance) and Thermopole waste were shown reused in a brand new technology called Chandi Technology. Chandi Technology is comparable to the mobile technology which allows the user access to various services by the mere pressing of different buttons. However, the functions and services of the Chandi Technology are many more and all encompassing i.e modular. A Chandi building can be transformed into a water reservoir, bed tables chairs and vice versa in no time. Now we can think in terms of putting up high tech mobile shops, mobile universities, mobile factories etc,overnight!

The entire exercise of producing and marketing of this technology will result in all kinds of plastic waste being carefully collected and reused as essential raw material for quality goods. This will ensure that non bio degradable waste is: a) not burnt b) nor thrown into drains and water courses. Ideally, this will return mother earth to its pristine state.

The Chandi Technology is in fact a gift of the almighty for the entire world just as he gifted the mobile phone and many other inventions to us. In fact every invention is a testimony to the living presence of the Almighty who trains his beings into making the most fascinating products that people in the past could only dream of.

In olden times the Almighty used to show his presence through miracles sent to prophets. However, since no prophet is to come after the Holy Prophet Muhammad, the Almighty it seems is sending all kinds of miracles and signs through modern day discoveries and innovations.

Chandi Technology launched on 14th August

While Pakistan’s Punjab was witnessing the launch of the “Azadi March” on the 14th of August, Karachi’s Expo Center was witness to a rare spectacle. At one of its ends Gul Bahao’s 20′ x 24′ Chandi Ghar with its stunning looks was shining brilliantly in the sun, while thousands of middle class Karachites were “marching up and down” to view the international exhibition organised by the Association of  Builders and Developers ABAD at the Expo Center. Inside the Chandi Ghar, the workers of Gul Bahao including the organisation’s CEO were alternately holding up photographs and pointing to the items lying inside the prefabricated structure.

Amidst the sound and fury of the hundreds of people who kept coming in and out of the Chandi Ghar, the workers took pains to explain what the Chandi Technology is all about. Calling it “Karachi’s gift to the World” they compared it with the mobile telephone. The workers were telling the visitors “Just as the mobile phone has changed the lives of people (the world over)with its multifaceted tasks, so too the Chandi block is inter convertible into a water reservoir, a two story house and furniture. “You can see all this yourselves”, they said, pointing to the light weight blocks in the roof of the Chandi Ghar and then to the tinseled sofas which consisted of exactly the same kind of blocks as in the ceiling. Again they pointed to photographs of swimming pools consisting of exactly the same kind of blocks as in the walls. Other large sized pictures showed Chandi Ghars built in Thar, on the Super highway, Mansehra, right in the middle of Karachi, in Gulshan-e-Iqbal etc. It was claimed that 150 structures including large sized halls have been built all over the country.

While the visitors kept visiting the Chandi Ghar all day, strong winds were blowing. It even rained for a short time, yet the Chandi Ghar remained unaffected by it all. The steady stream of visitors kept encouraging the dedicated workers of Gul Bahao by enlisting their names for helping to promote the new technology as buyers and as participants of Gul Bahaos Rozgar La Mehdood (Opportunities unlimited) wherein the organisation plans to to train educated youth in its innovations.As night approached, the Chandi Ghar under the influence of the artificial lights began to take on a fairy tale look, drawing crowds of visitors, including a delegation of senior members of the Association of Builders and Developers. The delegation assured the Gul Bahao team of their full support.

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


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

Wastic blocks

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

……The structure is composed of wastic blocks and panaflex panels which are in turn made up of plastic, aluminum foil and cardboard residue. The structure is also portable. Following are the improved features of the innovation:

  1. Its modest, humble-looking structure has transformed into one of grandeur; it glitters in the light both inside and outside,
  2. The blocks are covered with silver panels which ensure the longevity of the structure,
  3. The improvement in the roof panel is its water-proof quality, since there is a single panel for the roof which ensures that water does not trickle into the room.
  4. The cost of the panel for the roof has gone down considerably, the roof 10X10 costs as little as rupees 1500, making it extremely attractive for the poor…….[read more]

Chandi technology delights people of Thar

In the treeless desert of Tharparkar the scene is the Civil Hospital of Mithi. At the entrance everyone (both rich and poor) stops to stare at a 25×35 ft. silver structure glittering in the hot sun. They  have never seen a Chandi Ghar (a product of Karachi) before. As they enter they are pleasantly surprised to find it cool despite the absence of fans and air conditioners.

The Chandi Ghar Rest house, a prefabricated structure was completed in five days by an NGO Gul Bahao on the 12th of April. It is a gift from the middle class civil society of Karachi for the people of Thar. City School Darakshan Campus, Foundation Public School and Rotary Club Defence are the apparent donors of the rest house but silent donors run into hundreds. These include professionals, teachers, businessmen as well as companies who give their commercially viable wastage for free.

The rest house is being used since the day the roof was put in. it is mainly used by the relatives of patients who come to the hospital. A plus point of the structure is its potential to remain clean as the entire structure is made of plastic. There is a total absence of mud or cement. Its sheer novelty is attracting people from far and wide who are now interested in buying this technology to make homes,madrassas,warehouses etc.

In the meantime,the CEO of Gul Bahao has appealed to both the provincial and federal government, Karachi’s businessmen and entrepreneurs to support the Chandi technology which has costed crores of rupees to develop and decades to evolve. Referring to the governments Youth loan program Nargis Latif said  that the Chandi technology ( which uses plastic factory waste to make houses,water reservoirs, furniture  and rugs) can become a part of the scheme. The best part is that very little investment is required while the market potential is enormous!