Morung Express News
Kohima | July 10
As a construction material, bamboo is known for its resilience and is undoubtedly one of the most sustainable building materials that human beings have access to. Neichükholie Dino, a bamboo construction worker from Pfüchama prides himself in being associated with the ‘green gold’ for the last ten years.
From crafting bamboo toys to constructing bamboo houses, he has come a long way. His first works were that of bamboo bikes, ships, vintage cars, etc, which, he learnt from a unit in Kohima under Richard Belho. He was later attached to the Nagaland Bamboo Resource Centre at Dimapur, and took care of “Unicraft.” He then oversaw the Bamboo Treatment Plant at the Centre and has also trained different groups of people on bamboo construction.
Neichükholie Dino now manages a group of 7 other workers, with whom he undertakes bamboo construction in different places across Nagaland. Currently overseeing a bamboo structure, which will be used as a marketing shed for local vegetable vendors at PR Hill Kohima, he confidently states that ‘bamboo construction, when treated causes no damage and has a guarantee of 50 years if there is no exposure to sun or rain. Even otherwise, bamboo structures have a guarantee of at least 30 years.”
His decision to learn construction skills over ten years ago has been instrumental in shaping his career as a construction worker. He has also observed that bamboo construction is in huge demand now also because of its quality of being environmentally friendly as well as its ability to withstand natural calamities such as earthquake. “Bamboo construction is also a lot cheaper and easier too”, he puts across.
One of the added advantages of bamboo structure is that it can be dismantled and re-erected again, he says. “What we do is number the screws and dismantle it. We can then erect it in another place. We did this for a bamboo structure we built here and took it down to Orissa a few years back”, he enlightens.
In the year 2012, he was also part of the International Trade Fair at New Delhi along with a friend and fondly recalls that they were further awarded with the second position for the “Best Stall” in the following year in 2013.
Chápru, a Food and Craft Gallery in Kiruphema along the National Highway 29 and ENGHYA Retail Outlet, at midway resort, Tseipama (Eco Village) are amongst the many bamboo constructions he helped build. He plans to continue working in this sector, and for him, it’s not only a means of livelihood but something that he clearly enjoys doing.
*Year of Construction Workers (YOCW) is a joint program of the Government of Nagaland in partnership with YouthNet, Zynorique and the Department of Labour & Employment, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.