Public Works Department Allows Mainstream Use of Bamboo as a Building Material

Public Works Department Allows Mainstreaming Use of Bamboo as a Building Material

Although since time immemorial, bamboo has been used widely as  a eco-friendly and economical material for houses, bridges, etc, recently Nagpur public works department (PWD) has included Bamboo, along with 12 new items, in the state schedule rates (SSR) 2020-21. That means now bamboo will soon be used as mainstream construction material on the lines of concrete. Read SURFACES REPORTER (SR)'s complete report on this here:

SSR is a manual and guide on the use of building material in public works department projects.

“Till now, bamboo was seen as a cosmetic material and was used for furniture and small canopy or sheds only, but now we have included new items which will promote use of bamboo even in construction of buildings and complexes. Not only PWD, but other departments will be able to promote it in construction activities,” said Ulhas Debadwar, principal secretary, PWD.

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All these listed items were added in the SSR after taking a cue from Bamboo Research Training Centre (BRTC) in Chichpalli in Chandrapur. Bamboo forms every part of the BRTC.  

Debadwar also added, "For the first time, RCC columns and beams of bamboo were put to use as non-scheduled items. We documented them and now have put in the SSR.”

Pointing out the long and well-established tradition of Bamboo being used as a building material throughout the tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world, PWD superintending engineer Sushma Sakharwade said, “Bamboo is a critical resource as it is very efficient in sequestering carbon and also helps in combating climate change,”

Bamboo expert Sanjeev Karpe said, “Round bamboo has failed to live up to the social urban image. This can be dealt with by modern bamboo construction and aesthetical architectural design using global innovations and best practices. Cost reduction by using prefabricated components, increasing speed of construction, availability of finance and insurance facilities will go a long way in social acceptance of bamboo buildings.”

Karpe found Maharashtra government’s step of including bamboo and 12 new items to modern bamboo construction revolutionary. 

Also Read: Carbon Fibre Entwined With Bamboo -The Material of the Future | Kengo Kuma

Bamboo has been used since a very long time as a construction material but its poor implementation in buildings, poor planning and design, & specifications has pushed to use other building techniques. Identifying the errors in the implementation of the bamboo, Krunal Negandhi, who was involved in the construction of BRTC said, We need to form superior guidelines and frameworks for building bamboo structures.

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