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Expertise polishing to revitalize stonemasonry in Gilgit -Baltistan

By Irfan Ali:

Hard work have started in Gilgit-Baltistan to revitalize the skill of stone-masonry, a tendency which has slowly been replaced by the preface of cemented bricks more than the precedent decades, affectation a risk to the surroundings and environments.

A stakeholders gathering was organized in this regard under the Pakistan Technical and Vocational Education and Training Reform Support Programme’s initiative, Fund for Innovative Trainings (FIT) on Friday.

“The most important reason people deserted stonemasonry is its cost.” The Rupani Foundation is an organization which works to generate economic openings for people livelihood in the high mountainous regions of Pakistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan” said by senior official of the Rupani Foundation, Jalaluddin.

Mr. Jalal persisted ways have to be establish to make building structures with stone economical so as to generate job and employment opportunities and defend the environment.

Given the unkind climate conditions in winter crossways the hilly region of Gilgit-Baltistan, the cement which is a poor insulator, does not help out houses seal the heat in. The cement brick wall is also thin to maintain the cold out, leading to an increased dependence on forest wood for heating, which reduces woods reserves.

“In Gilgit-Baltistan, 99 out of 100 homes are being built with bricks. This is since stonemasonry costs supplementary and the ability has turned down over the years” Said by Mr. Sher Ghazi.

Specialists there at the meeting talked about the environmental and economic payback of stonework and said contemporary tools and trainings could help in the revitalization of masonry in Gilgit-Baltistan.

FIT programme, which is financed by the European Union, the governments of Netherland and Germany. It is putted into practice in Gilgit-Baltistan by the German government-running GIZ in joint venture with Rupani Foundation to prop up labour market-oriented trainings with improvised apparatuses, practices and methods.

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