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 Ghar hall attracts millions on Submarine Chowk of Clifton

Chandi Ghar Interior
Chandi Ghar Interior

For the last two weeks or so the Submarine Chowk of Clifton has been presenting a rare spectacle, the “Chandi Ghar”.  Lacs of vehicles pass by with the passengers staring in amazement at the beautiful piece of architecture glittering in the bright sunlight. The main entrance has two banners (in Urdu and English).  One carries the letters “Donate your recyclable garbage for flood affectees”

The scheme is unique. According to  Mohammad Hannan, Gul Bahao’s spokesman, Clifton being the rich man’s home throws up millions of rupees worth of waste paper, plastic ,metal everyday. if people bring these in, the money will be enough to build thousands of Chandi Ghars for the flood affectees, he said confidently. Continuing he said “If every flood affectee gets a Chandi Ghar, he will remain in his village to carry on his “Zamindari” and will not need to move into the cities and cause  overcrowding , which ultimately is the cause of tension and breakdown of the system .

The Chandi Ghar is truly a magnificent innovation “A gift from Karachi to the World” – the title of an exhibition to be held in January when foreign diplomats will be especially invited. The Chandi Ghar was not made in a single day, It took the organization 17 years and more than 8 crores, the spokesman says emphatically. Mohammad Hannan regretted that the media has given a one sided coverage of the Chandi Ghar and associated it only with waste management. The truth of the matter is that it has brought in a new technology which despite being high tech(the raw material i.e plastic is highly affordable, is highly affordable as well. It is not only useful in disaster management, once it enters the  market, new vistas will open up and “its applications will be much more than its innovators ever dreamed of “. The exhibition to be held in January will also showcase the modular nature of the wastic blocks (or building blocks) of the Chandi Ghar. The same blocks can be alternately used to make beds, sofas, swimming pools, fishponds etc.

The Chandi Ghar on Submarine Chowk has raised a good deal of interest in people from different walks of life especially people from different walks of life. More important it is helping to raise the spirits of the people who want to rise above the uncertainity and depression which has overtaken the people of this humungous city. Here it may be recalled that the City school PAF chapter has been the most enthusiastic partner providing both moral and material support for putting up the Chandi Ghar.

Kindly put your valuable 1,000 ( one thousand ) Rupees in First Women Bank, Gul Bahao account no 0007001857810001 or Allied Bank, Nargis Latif acc. no.0010032750390011( 0159 branch code –  One Unit costs Rs. 40,000 with double ceiling). You can also make your donation via western union. For information about making a donation please contact us or inform us on telephone numbers 021-32250452,0333-8869491, 0300-6628697 or through SMS.

NED University, environment department students visit Gul Bahao complex

NED University, environment department students visit Gul Bahao complex
NED University, environment department students visit Gul Bahao complex

Yesterday, a group of students numbering 70 (seventy) from the environment department of NED university came on a study tour of the Gul Bahao Complex located on Rashid Minhas road, the students were amazed to see a Research Center run on a self help basis especially when they were told that about seven crore rupees spread over s period of fifteen years, have so far been spent on the different projects. The question that they kept raising was how it was funded. The answer that was shot back was “beg, borrow or steal”. The students were divided into four groups and shown around the centre. Habib Malik a spokesman of the Center showed the students around especially the Safai/Kamai Bank which is the earning arm of the Organisation. Habib said that  the Safai/kamai bank (A modern version  of the Kabaria)  funds more than 60% of the research work of  Gul Bahao. Habib said that from day one the Organisation has been involved in commercial work i.e. buying and selling of assorted wastage (which has a ready market ). Had it not been for this, Habib the Incharge proudly claimed, Gul Bahao would not have been able to function. Partly agreeing with her spokesman, Nargis Latif the Managing Trustee of Gul Bahao said that the project was too big to be sustained entirely on its own funds and at times even had to borrow from money lenders at exorbitant rates. She further claimed that that Gul Bahao is doing both research and extension work.

The students evinced special interest in the fuel pack which the Organisation claims is cheap fuel  for running power plants The spokesman  Habib said that Attock Cement had shown keen interest in this project and offered to buy 500 tonnes per day of this fuel for its cement plant. At this point Nargis Latif exhorted the students to lobby with the government for using Karachi’s waste to produce electricity. Gul Bahao would provide the fuel at economic rates but also help producers to make these fuel packs in the cottage industries.

The students were shown all the innovations in minute detail. The hall in which they were seated fascinated them completely as except for bamboo sticks no conventional material was used. It was said that the building blocks were made from a mixture of compressed shopping bags and aluminium foil. The so called wastic blocks will last till eternity for the simple reason that plastic does not disintegrate easily, it was claimed.

The Chairperson of Gul Bahao said that the Chinese revolution was accompanied by simple indigenous technology and this is precisely the way Gul Bahao is working and devising cheap and original solutions to seemingly intractable problems. Nargis said that Gul Bahao can be called an Environmental Organisation whose philosophy is recycling is the answer to our problems. She said that though she believes in going “back to nature” for solving todays environment problems she is not averse to using pet bottles, shopping bags and other conveniences of modern life. The NED students were clearly impressed by all that they said. A few went to the extent of hugging the young spokesman Habib Malik. Several volunteered to work for Gul Baho in their free time

Fuel Pack for thermal power generators

Fuel Pack for thermal power generators
Fuel Pack for thermal power generators

In a press statement Gul Bahao has said that the “Fuel Pack” that it has made from waste material could help to solve the acute problem of electricity, the city is facing. According to Gul Bahao it is an environmentally friendly alternate fuel, a good substitute for oil, because it does not give out any toxic fumes, at the same time is cheap and easily available. It can be easily used as fuel for thermal power stations.

Giving the background of the “Fuel Pack” Gul Bahao has said that in 2006 it was collecting different kinds of industrial waste during the months of February to April from 80 factories of the EPZA by means of 8 trucks on daily basis and it has been conducting experiments on them ever since. Techniques used were those that have been developed by Gul Bahao for making its famous “Wastic Blocks”. The “Fuel Pack” is a block weighing ten to twelve kilo of size 6 inches by 17 inches by 21 inches. It consists of clean non toxic industrial waste like bits of wood, paper, cloth etc. which are not mixed up with putrefying waste. A protective covering of aluminum foil which is fire resistant is put on the blocks which also give it an aesthetic look.

The blocks have been used as fuel in different places which gave extremely good results. One well known industrial company even volunteered to market it. Considering the grave power situation, Gul Bahao has asked the Government to consider its “Fuel Pack” as fuel for thermal power stations. The advantage of this alternative fuel is its easy availability as well as its low cost.

Here it may be mentioned that Gul Bahao has been experimenting with waste material for the last thirteen years and so far has spent 4 crore rupees. It has had as many as 80 people working in a single day. It has also succeeded in establishing Pakistan’s first Research Center for waste management.

Chandi Ghar exhibition on independence day

Chandi Ghar exhibition on independence day
Chandi Ghar exhibition on independence day

Gul Bahao in its press release has invited the public to see the latest model of its pre fabricated house on main Rashid Minhas Road. This updated version of the Chandi Ghar comes at a time when the nation is celebrating its 60th birthday. The innovation is remarkable in that no country in the world including the developed worlds China, USA or Europe have come up with anything like this. 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.

Recently the Rotary Club had asked Gul Bahao to come up with the shelter for the flood affected. In response Gul Bahao has put up one such structure in Clifton. It is extremely simple, comprising only of panaflex panels and bamboo sticks. The shelter costs as little as rupees 4000-6000.  These shelters are of the size 10X10, while a room complete with blocks and panels costs between 8000-15000. The shelters because of their low cost can be given to the flood affected on a massive scale. According to Gul Bahao, its research has yielded products which can be used by both the rich and the poor. Gul Bahao has appealed to architects, NGOs, politicians, the media and the Pakistani public to take up this innovation  (research on which has cost rupees 4 crore) as a product coming from Pakistan.