Bamboo House India has built a 500 square foot house using plastics, polythene bags, used Tetra Paks and bamboo poles and woven mats. The structure is nearing completion at a public park located near the KPHB colony in Kukatpally in Hyderabad. And the house cost is just Rs 8 lakhs. The structure has been constructed by Bamboo House India in collaboration with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).
Bamboo House India (BHI) has a unique objective of promoting the use of bamboo through which it aims to tackle two burning issues of our country, rural unemployment and deforestation. BHI started in 2008 by two first generation entrepreneurs Prashant Lingam ( Management Graduate) and Aruna Kappagantula (Science Graduate) with an aim of utilizing bamboo as an economic driver for providing sustainable livelihood opportunities to rural and tribal communities dependent on bamboo for livelihoods and at the same time utilize bamboo as a eco friendly substitute for wood , steel, iron steel and plastic.
Apart from bamboo house, BHI has also built tetra pack furniture, PET bottle Christmas tree, PET bottle bus shelter, etc.
According to BHI, it takes 30-45 days to build a bamboo house depending on the size, design and location of the project. “No permissions are required as it is considered temporary under municipal laws,” says BHI. At the same time, BHI says a bamboo house built by them can last as long as 25 years. Further, these bamboo houses are as safe as any other conventional structure and they are wind, fire, water and earthquake proof.