KARACHI: Gul Bahao chief Nargis Latif has said her organisation is in the process of establishing an environment museum at its site in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. The museum will be open to students and municipal authorities and will showcase different innovations of Gul Bahao, she said while addressing the students of the Fast University Karachi campus. The head of the university, Dr Manzoor Anwer Khalidi, introduced her to the students.
Nargis said that the last 19 years of Gul Bahao’s existence have highly been lively with the number of innovations growing manifold. These innovations have in fact been ingenious solutions to the different environmental problems being faced by Karachi and also resulted in bringing in new ideas and cheaper products to change the economy of the country, she said.
Reporting the latest developments in Gul Bahao’s activities Nargis revealed that its research centre is converting clean plastic waste produced by factories into multipurpose chandi blocks. These in turn are being made into furniture, houses, swimming pools and now even a thick tarpaulin i.e. a good alternative to thin plastic sheets used for covering goods.
She said: “The blocks are modular; one item changes into another without any kind of destruction. In other words, a Chandighar can be converted into a swimming pool and vice versa. She revealed that her research centre is working on different kinds of moulds, yielding different kinds of products.”
According to Gul Bahao’s Head, the organization from time to time, has been acknowledged and visited by international organisations like the UNDP, ILO, German government, Clinton Foundation; multinationals like ICI, Lasmo Oils (it was funded by it for several years). It has been covered by Courier International (French newspaper), Voice of America, and BBC.
She said recently CNN requested to do a detailed coverage of Gul Bahao’s projects. She said the fact is that the fruits of Gulbaho’s work is not only for local consumption but also has international bearings.
Nargis said that Gul Bahao is looking for sponsors for its ambitious project of putting “Gardens in the air” which will be using organic waste and shoppers to grow multi storied plantations in the manner of high rise buildings.
The students were keen to know details of the Safai/Kamai Bank claimed to be a futuristic banking system by Gul Bahao. Nargis exhorted the students to do their thesis on this subject which she said had won students of the IOBM accolades from LUMS.
Nargis concluded by saying that progress in the industrial world had not only thrown up new goods totally unknown hitherto but its waste too had given rise to new challenges and exciting propensities as well.
After a resounding applause from the students, the head of the FAST University Dr Manzoor Akhter presented a memo to the CEO Gul Bahao.