GUWAHATI, Sept 26 - A novel technology for construction of low-cost structures, houses in particular, using bamboo as primary reinforcing material, was revealed at an inaugural programme of �Generation of Technology for Low Cost Housing by Using Bamboo as Primary Construction Material� at Puar Paam, Abhaypur of Hajo. This was stated in a press release.
The programme was chaired by the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup district, Vinod Seshan. Other dignitaries and guests, who were present in the programme, included Prof Parimal Bhattacharyya, retired professor of Gauhati University and the Vice-Chairman of the Wildlife Trust of India, Prof Jogen Kalita, Department of Zoology, Gauhati University and Dr RK Barman, Head of S&T Division, Assam Science Technology & Environment Council (ASTEC).
The programme was conducted by the officials of the S&T Division of the ASTEC along with the local people of the region. Deputy Commissioner Seshan expressed happiness with the achievement and assured to promote it through various government schemes like the Indira Awas Yojana.
The technology was invented by Manoj Kumar Das, a civil engineer from Abhaypur area of Hajo. He has already filed two patents incorporating the technology �Concreting over Bamboo Splits� and �Bamboo Reinforced Cement Concreting� with the support of Patent Information Centre (PIC) of ASTEC.
By using the technology, various structures can be built at about 40 per cent lesser cost than the current technology of RCC construction, but with equal strength and durability.
In this technology, fabricated bamboo is used as the primary reinforcing material. The technology was implemented by construction of a �gallery� structure where people can sit and watch different programmes on the ground in front of them. The structure also has many rooms embedded inside along with rooftop sitting arrangements.