Cost-effective ways of construction explained
Nirmithi Kendra has in-house manufacturing units of construction materials and adopts latest cost-effective methods of construction technologies researched by CBRI. It gives Nirmithi Kendra an edge over the public works department and Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Ltd, which also offers construction service, in constructing affordable structures. Quoting examples on how Nirmithi Kendra came up with ideas in addressing construction challenges inside forests, Shikha said: "It came up with precast concrete product and bamboo to build structures inside wildlife restricted areas. Bamboos were used to build eco-friendly structures to run anganwadi centres inside forests." Engineers, building supervisors and masons attached to Nirmithi Kendra were enlightened on reducing the construction cost by reusing waste materials. Krishna, a contractor, said that CBRI experts explained how one can build 40x40sqft block at Rs 2 lakh by reusing waste materials. "But the hiccup is we need to have machinery to recycle waste construction materials," he added. An official explained that construction cost can be reduced by using locally available waste agri products like paddy husk and jute fibre to make wooden products and fly ash for making bricks. Yadavendra Pandey and Singh of CBRI were in Mysuru to demonstrate and explain latest cost-effective methods of construction. MCC chief C G Betsurmath and Nirmithi Kendra director Manjunath were present.