POKHARA, June 20: A galvanized iron (GI) wire industry has come into operation in Kaski district.
Mustang GI Wire Industry & Suppliers Pvt Ltd has been producing GI wires from its factory at Tallo Gagangauda in Pokhara Lekhnath-32 for the past one month. The company has invested Rs 160 million in its factory.
Jayandra Gauchan of Junjo Taplung, Mustang, is the man behind this factory. Gauchan, who worked in Mustang Engineering Metal Workshop for 19 years, producing fencing net, used his experience to start his own factor.
Gauchan, who worked in Japan for three years, came to Nepal with the intention to do something his motherland. He immediately started a metal workshop. Later, he expanded the workshop and opened Mustang GI Wire Industry & Suppliers Pvt Ltd. His products are used to build Gabion walls near rivers, hydropower projects, roads and landslide and flood prone areas, among others.
The company has been producing 5 to 10 tons of GI wire on a daily basis. “We are producing 5 tons of GI wire at present. But we can increase production if there is demand,” Gauchan said.
“Fencing net produced by our company will discourage the existing practice of using hand-woven Gabion boxes. We imported the machine from China with an investment of Rs 20 million. It has already started producing Gabion foxes,” Gauchan said, adding: “The machine maintains consistency in size and weight of the wire. It is faster and cheaper compared to hand-woven GI nets.”
The industry currently employs 22 persons. “Along with permanent workers, there are many part time workers who work at our industry,” added Gauchan.
GI wire and Gabion boxes produced by the factory are supplied to Syangja, Baglung, Parbat, Mustang, Kaski and Tanahun, among other districts. It brings raw materials from Biratnagar and Birgunj. The industry is spread over 1.5 acres of land.
Gauchan told Republica that it is difficult to operate industries in Nepal. “I faced difficulty in arranging electricity supply at my factory. I had to invest an additional Rs 4 million just to arrange electricity supply,” he added.