RASUWA, May 30: To facilitate the growing demand of timber in reconstruction, six permanent ponds with new technology for improving the quality of timber have been constructed in Rasuwa.
According to Janajagriti Women's Group, Rasuwa, the construction was carried out with an expense of Rs 2 million. Practical Action Nepal (PAN) had provided financial assistance while technical support was provided by ASF Nepal for the project.
The ponds were constructed in Jibjibe, Karmidada, Patikharka, Katunje, Dadagaun and Kaidalitar.
PAN provided Rs 100,000 for construction of each pond. It takes Rs 350,000 for construction of a pond.
“These Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) ponds were constructed for submerging the timber into chemicals,” said Program Coordinator Keshav Raj Aryal.
“Nepal National Building Code has promoted the use of lumber or refined timber in construction in rural areas,” Program Coordinator Aryal said, adding, “We have started Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate (DOT) technology to improve the durability of wood.”
Aryal also said that among other technologies that could be used for lumber production, DOT is proven to be cheaper, more environment-friendly, fireproof and easier. The cost of lumber is predicted to increase by Rs 80 per cubic feet after using this technology.