SUBJECT :The Maharashtra Bamboo Development Board has decided to promote eco-friendly ‘venu Kutir’ bamboo cottage at ecotourism complexes in the state. 

Nagpur, December 21, 2019: The Maharashtra Bamboo Development Board has decided to promote eco-friendly ‘venu Kutir’ bamboo cottage at ecotourism complexes in the state.

This entire endeavour has been supported by MBDB under the aegis of National Bamboo Mission (NBM) of government of India.

The cottage, which costs around Rs 13.60 lakh, has been built by Thane-based JANS Bamboo Products Private Limited and was on display at the India Habitat Centre in the run-up to the 11th Griha Summit-2019 held on December 17-18. The exhibit will be on display till December 22.

TSK Reddy, managing director of MBDB, said, “The cottage can be best promoted in ecotourism complexes in the state and can also solve the purpose of protection huts.”

“We will display one such cottage at our office on Katol Road and promote its use for tourism by Maharashtra Ecotourism Development Board (MEDB) and Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM).” Said Reddy.

Reddy said the cottage is suitable for use in different building applications such as resorts, institutions,   banquets, pavilions, clubhouse, beach-front  structures, farm houses, landscape elements, school, community centres, exhibit areas etc.

Griha Council, an independent not-for-profit society set up by Energy & Resources Institutes and ministry of new renewable energy, exhibited the cosy and comfortable living space made of bamboo at the India Habitat Centre.

The bespoke structure aptly titled ‘ Griha’s Golden Nest’ is a 240 sqft cottage that has been inspired by a bird’s nest, and  has been designed by Jurian Sustainability Consulting & Services and built by using bamboo by JANS.

Harping on bamboo’s potential for construction purpose in the days to come, CEO of Griha Council Sanjay Seth said, “The use of steel, concrete, aluminum and glass in construction ends up negatively impacting the atmosphere through the release of greenhouse gases (GHGs) during its production as well as construction. In contrast, bamboo emits oxygen during its production and selected species of India bamboo sequesters up to 200 MT of CO2 per hectare per year.” Hence, bamboo is one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly materials to build a structure with negative carbon impact, and it can become the go- to materials for sustainability.”

Flexibility of bamboo and its strength, freedom from the GHG emissions are the attributes which are expressed in this structure in the form of a bird’s nest. It is a cosy but comfortable living space with an attached bathroom making it self-sufficient.

Talking about Golden Nest, Krunal Negandhi, directore of JANS Bamboo Products, said, “Since many years, bamboo is used for construction in our country either for temporary construction or structure for the poor.”

“Venu Kutir shows that bamboo can be used to build a durable, aesthetically beautiful and contemporary structure suitable for likes of today’s millennial population. This has been achieved by training farmers to do farming of bamboo, adopting scientific farming and harvesting practices, age-grading bamboo and treating it using state-of-the-art treatment facility created by Konkan Bamboo & Cane Development Centre (Konbac).

Konbac founder Sanjeev Karpe told TOI, “In Sindhudurg district, a different culture of bamboo cultivation has been created due to the efforts of Konbac and this is a replicable model anywhere in the country.”

“The bamboo cottage was thereafter designed and engineered for aesthetics and structure stability. It was pre-assembled by highly skilled artisans in our factory at Kudal (Sindhudurg) in 10 days and assembled at the site by specially trained artisans in 10 days,” Karpe said.

On the durability of the cottage, Karpe said, “ These bamboos were treated using copper chrome boron (CCB) preservative using the vaccum pressure treatment method, and straightened and  bent using slow heating technique for aesthetics.”

Explaining about the building specifications, Negandhi says. “The load of the structure is transferred by bamboo framework, which comprises columns and beams, over which the bamboo shingle roof is fixed. The walls are sandwich walls, made from bamboo frame for structural support and the outer and inner surfaces of the wall are made from flattened bamboo and bamboo mat, pasted on environmentally-friendly wood polymer composite (WPC) board, which is also a green certified material.”