Hyderabad has gotten its first ‘recycled’ bus shelter, after many failed attempts to have one officially installed.
Residents of Swaroopnagar colony in Uppal, Hyderabad had made several requests to the office of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to have a shelter installed at the local bus stop. However, with the requests seemingly falling on deaf ears, a local social enterprise decided to install their own shelter using 1,000 discarded plastic bottles.
The bus shelter, which took 15 days to construct, was built under the ‘Recycle India’ initiative by ‘Bamboo House India’, a Hyderabad-based company that utilises bamboo as a eco-friendly substitute for wood, steel, iron and plastic.
“Around 1,000 regular, one-litre plastic drinking water bottles were purchased from a scrap dealer in Bhoiguda, at `1.40 per bottle. The bottles were drilled, and a rope ran through them. The frame is made of metal, but even the roofing has been made of the pep bottles,” S. Jattaian, one of the artisans told the Deccan Chronicle.
Unsure as to how local officials would react, the shelter was built as a temporary structure should it need to be taken down. However, not only were officials pleased with the structure, they are now in talks with the company for several other pilot projects. The team hopes to finalise these projects before the monsoons so that they can test whether such a structure can sustain all weather conditions.
It’s not just local officials who are happy with the initiative, local residents have welcomed the new shelter too. “We are getting a lot of positive feedback from locals in the area, who like the shelter, and we are looking at ways to better it. At the end of the day, it is about ensuring a greener future, while also giving the taxpayers a cost benefit,” Prashant of Bamboo House India adds.
The bus shelter had been made as a prototype to see how a recycled plastic structure would hold up in the heat. As a precaution, they have been checking the structure each day to make sure that the bottles have not melted in the 40+ heat of the region. So far there has been no changes.
The shelter cost the pair around ₹15,000 in sourcing the plastic bottles and transportation costs. Since the company are already partnered with local engineering colleges, they hope that it will help them save on the plastic bottles for future projects.
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