Hyderabad, May 10: A couple from Hyderabad has started an organization which promotes the use of bamboo. Besides promoting sustainable living, the houses also provide employment to several farmers and artisans, who are involved in the process from growing the crop, to building the structure.
One of the Hyderabad couples Prashant Lingam and Aruna Kappagantula, constructed eco-friendly houses which are not made of bricks, cement, and steel, but entirely of bamboo.
It all began with the couple's search for furniture made out of bamboo and their search landed the couple to a small village called Katlamara in Tripura on the Indo-Bangladesh border. Their wish for bamboo sofa led them to a future they never imagined.
Aruna and Prashant never assumed that their simple wish can lead build such entrepreneurs who knew nothing about the domain or the communities working with bamboo. This all lead to their Bamboo making own small entrepreneurial way, and thus began their journey into making bamboo their life.
Prashant said, "We have attested-done 150 projects in 4 to 5 years. We are getting a good response from the market. A very good thing about this is that it generates employment from the rural area to urban area".
Prashant adding his point said “Bamboo is a great substitute for wood. There is so much potential in it. While normal trees that are cut down take 20 to 25 years to grow, bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world and can grow almost an inch every day. The tensile strength of bamboo is even higher than steel”.
Prashant while recalled the beginning of all this and said "I married Aruna in 2006, and that's when the idea came up by chance. She wanted to buy an eco-friendly sofa set, and we looked all across the city (Hyderabad) but found nothing. We went on the Internet, and found that there was some bamboo furniture being sold abroad”.
Added the point Prashant said “We really liked the furniture and began looking for it. After almost a month, we landed up at Katlamara in Tripura on the Indo-Bangladesh border, just to buy furniture. Prashant says that the visit was an eye-opening experience, as the entire village was filled with bamboo and every person’s livelihood depended directly or indirectly on it”.
Prashant even said "Bamboo is a great substitute for wood. There is so much potential in it. While normal trees that are cut down take 20 to 25 years to grow, bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, and can grow almost an inch every day".
"We did face a lot of problems. The bamboos are available in the deep forest and there was also a communication problem. We have learned from our failures," said Aruna.
The couple also faced opposition from their families, who were skeptical of the proposal. However, the 'Recycled India' initiative has given them an opportunity to ring in a social change on a wider scale.
Starting from 'Bamboo House India' to building the organization, their initiative of promoting green livelihood through the construction of bamboo houses across the country are broadening their purpose through the 'Recycled India' initiative.