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8 best electric bikes and scooters to buy in Nepal in 2021 – OnlineKhabar English News

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Electric vehicles are said to be the future of the automobile industry. It not only makes you less dependent on fossil fuel but also helps on reducing the carbon emissions that are harming the atmosphere and ultimately people’s lives.

The popularity of electric vehicles is increasing rapidly globally, and Nepal is no exception. Here, we have prepared a list of electric bikes and scooters, along with their specifications, that you can purchase in Nepal, in the preference order.

1. NIU N- Series

Photo: NIU

NIU probably has the best two-wheeler electric vehicles in Nepal. The N-series is a perfect example of that. This scooter is stylish and lightweight that can easily pass through the narrow lanes of the Kathmandu valley. It has a unique ring-shaped LED headlight and a premium appearance. It has a ground clearance of 145mm only, which can be a problem on some bumpy roads of the valley. The 2,400-watt motor used in this scooter is made by Bosch.  The battery powering of this vehicle is 60V29Ah Panasonic Lithium-ion that has a two-year warranty. The battery will take around six hours to fully charge and will give a range from 50-80 km. It has a portable battery which enables you to charge your scooter anywhere you like.

It has a double-disc brake system and three speed-modes to select from. It has a top speed of 48km/hr in Mode 3, 37 km/hr in Mode 2, and 20 km/hr in Mode 1.

The scooter also has a massive 18 ltr boot space under the seat. Further, there are plenty of cool features in the N-series. It has a cruise control mode as well as an electronic braking system (EBS). This intelligent system uses regenerative braking to recover up to 10% of the battery energy. In simple words, you gain battery while braking.

The key to this scooter is multi-functioning. Along with locking and unlocking the scooter, it also locates your scooter and alarms if someone else uses the vehicle. There is also an NIU app for the owners that allows them to check the battery information, battery health and travel history. The NIU N-series is available in different outlets of NIU.

Specifications

Dimensions Length: 1,800mm
Width: 700mm
Height: 1,130mm
Ground clearance: 145mm
Seat height: 740mm
Tyre Front: 90/90-12
Back: 120/90-12
Battery 60V29Ah Panasonic Lithium-ion
Motor 2400 Watt Bosch
Top speed 48km/hr
Torque 120Nm
Range 50-80 km
Charging duration 6 hours
Kerb weight 95 kg

The price for NIU N-Series is Rs 254,000.

2. NIU N-GT

Photo: NIU

NIU N-GT is a better version of the NIU N-series. This is a powerful scooter that has a great pick up and better ground clearance. It also comes with classical circular headlights. The dashboard is also larger here. There are three modes that the rider can choose from. The eco-friendly mode that gives a top speed of 20km/hr is great for traffic and power saving. The dynamic mode is for daily normal use that gives a top speed of 50km/hr and if you want to have a little fun and go a little faster, there is a sports mode that allows you to speed up your vehicle up to 70km/hr.

There is a dual-battery system in this vehicle that provides you with mileage up to 170 km, which means it will be enough for two to three days of use in the valley. There is also a dual charging system. The users charge the battery directly in the scooter through the charging port or can take out the portable batteries and charge anywhere they like. When the battery is charged by taking them out, the battery charges 0-100% in 3.5 hours whereas the battery will take seven hours when charging directly. However, the dual battery means there is no big storage space as space has been taken by them. NIU N-GT can start without the use of brakes and has a cruise control mode as well as an electronic braking system (EBS). It also has access to the NIU app.

Specifications

Dimension Length: 1,815mm
Width:,725mm
Height: 1,185mm
Seat height: 780mm
Tyre Front: 90/90-12
Back: 120/70-12
Battery 60V35Ah Panasonic Lithium-ion
Motor Tailored motor by Bosch
Top speed 70km/hr
Range 170 km
Charging duration 3.5 hours
Torque 138Nm
Kerb weight 115 kg

The price for NIU N-GT is Rs 398,888.

3. Super Soco CUX

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Among the five models released by D-lifestyles Pvt Ltd, Super Soco CUx is a premium-range electric scooter that comes with a classy look. The company targets the urban trendy youth looking for a fresh change in perspective.

The slim design makes it comfortable to ride in the city. It also comes with three riding modes: economical, normal and sport. The motor is powered by Bosch. This vehicle supports the Super Soco app from which you can have the details of the scooter and the user’s travel history. The ground clearance is very small though and also there is no boot space as the battery takes all the space.

The security system is good on Super Soco as there is app tracking, alarm and the wheels will be locked. There is also a USB port. The company provides a three-year warranty on the battery and a two-year warranty on the two-wheeler.

 Specifications

Dimension Length: 1,782mm
Width: 618mm
Height: 1,087mm
Ground clearance: 140mm
Seat height: 770mm
Tyre Front: 90/90-12
Back: 90/90-12
Battery 60V30Ah Panasonic Lithium-ion
Motor Bosch
Torque 50Nm
Top speed 65km/hr
Range 56kms
Charging duration 3.5 hrs
Vehicle weight 64 kg

The price of Super Soco CUX in Nepal is Rs Rs 239,900 for standard colours and Rs 249,900 for luxury colours. 

4. Super Soco CPx

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The CPx is the premium version of the electric scooters of Super Soco. This is more powerful, more technologically advanced, faster, bigger than the most electric scooters available in the market.

Though it has a large road presence, CPx is capable of commanding its way through the traffic and is nimble enough to dissect through busy sections. It also has a one-push reverse switch for easy movement out of the traffic or dead ends. Other features include 16” tubeless tyres, remote key, anti-theft alarm, USB charging port and storage space, extra-large seat and disc brakes at both ends. It also has keyless ignition and wheel-locking function. It supports a dual battery that can last up to 137 km when charged fully. There is also a wind-shield that gives personality and deviates the air from under the windscreen. The company provides a three-year warranty on the battery and a two-year warranty on the scooter.

Specifications

Dimension Length: 2,022mm
Width: 790mm
Height: 1,442mm
Ground clearance: 154mm
Seat height: 760mm
Tyre Front: 100/80-14
Rear: 110/80-14
Battery 60V45Ah Lithium-ion
Motor Super Soco
Torque 46.5Nm
Top speed 90km/hr
Range 137 km (on dual battery)
Charging duration 3-4 hours
Vehicle weight 107 kg

The Super Soco CPx is priced at Rs 459,900 for the single battery variant and Rs 589,900 for the double battery variant.

5. Super Soco TSx

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Coming to the electric bikes, the Super Soco TSx comes with a high level of modern finishes, with a determined and practical style. The new X version stands out for its aggressive graphics and is driven by a decidedly more powerful electric engine. The vehicle has a durable carbon steel frame with a lightweight aluminium subframe and has front and rear disc brakes with CBS. The motor is powered by a 3kw max power Bosch motor and has a capacity for two removable lithium battery packs. The Super Soco TSx also has the keyless ignition feature for convenience and app integration to boost connectivity. It is also equipped with an alarm and wheel lock function ensuring safety while parking. There is also an advanced battery management system that makes sure the battery remains in top condition. The vehicle is also equipped with a superbright LED and has a digital display. The company provides a three-year warranty on the battery and a two-year warranty on its products. 

Specifications

Dimension Length: 1,895mm
Width: 703mm
Height: 1,066mm
Ground clearance: 198mm
Seat height: 770mm
Tyre Front: 70/100-17
Rear: 100/70-17
Battery 60V30Ah Panasonic Lithium-ion
Motor 3000 watts Bosch
Torque 55Nm
Top speed 80km/hr
Range 128kms (dual battery)
Charging duration 3-4 hours
Vehicle weight 66kg

The Super Soco TSx is priced at Rs 285,900 for the single battery variant and Rs 369,900 for the double battery variant.

6. Super Soco TC Max

Photo: e-scooter.co

The Super Soco TC Max is an alluring electric bike blended with the perfect mix of style and performance. The cafe racer-inspired design is lightly built with superior range and powerful motor and possess an abundance of style. The bike also has a belt drive to the rear wheel that provides smooth power delivery without the need for chain maintenance. The handling of the bike is very comfortable, according to the company, and the bike has a safety-focused CBS braking system. It has a USD front suspension and mono rear shock. The bike also has three power modes. Security-wise, it has an in-built alarm, wheel locking function. The bike also has keyless ignition and a hidden storage compartment. The TC Max has been designed for everyday urban explorers. Biker enthusiasts can choose between aluminium and spoke wheels. The company provides a three-year warranty on the battery and a two-year warranty on its products. 

Specifications

Dimension Length: 1,982mm
Width: 740mm
Height: 1,031mm
Ground clearance: 189mm
Seat height: 770mm
Tyre Front: 90/80-17
Rear: 120/70-17
Battery 72V45Ah Lithium-ion
Motor Super Soco
Torque 180Nm
Top speed 95km/hr
Range 95kms
Charging duration 3-4 hours
Vehicle weight 79 kg

The Super Soco TC Max is priced at Rs 489,900. 

7. Genius X46

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Genius X46 is the new electric vehicle released by Yoma Ma E Motors, the distributors of Genius electric motorcycles and TAILG electric scooters in Nepal. Along with the super naked-inspired look, the bike has PU800 paint quality that gives you up to five years of assurance in the paint. The bike has a dual disc brake system in the front while there is a single disc brake at the rear. This is a pretty powerful vehicle as you can go 0-60km/hr in just three seconds. There is a hill-assist system that maintains the brake pressure for a set period of time as you switch from the brakes to the accelerator. Once you press the accelerator, it releases the brake. It also has three riding modes: eco, normal and sports. There is also a regenerative battery in this vehicle and a reverse mode. For security, there is an anti-theft system that triggers the alarm and locks the wheels of the vehicle. There is also a super-sports inspired version, XY46, if you are looking for a different look. The company is providing one-year roadside assistance for its vehicles.

Specifications

Dimension Length: 2,050mm
Width: 990mm
Height: 1,150mm
Ground clearance: 185mm
Seat height: 820mm
Battery 72V60AH Lithium-ion
Motor power 13KW (peak)
Torque 375Nm
Top speed 120km/hr
Range 100km
Charging duration 4 hours
Kerb weight 144 kg

The price for Genius X46 is Rs 426,000.

8. TAILG Tiger

Photo: Techlekh

Another addition by the Yomama E motors, the TailG Tiger is a stylish-looking electric scooter. This is the powerful variant of the two e-scooters released by the company. Along with the amazing looks, the TailG Tiger has a dual disc braking system and is powered by a 2,500-watt powerful climbing motor. It also gives a pretty decent mileage of 95 km on a full charge. There are three modes on this vehicle and the rider can choose according to their comfort. It has a big six-inch LCD screen, tubeless tyre and a keyless start system. Other notable features of the Tailg Tiger are its LED projection headlights, USB charging port and book space.

The most notable feature of this vehicle is its auto repair System (ARS). The system will find out the problems in the vehicle and will reset the system for optimum use. The company is providing one-year roadside assistance.

Specifications

Dimensions Length: 1,980mm
Width: 690mm
Height: 1,110mm
Ground clearance: 175mm
Seat height: 790mm
Tyre 100-80/12 (front and rear)
Battery 72v32Ah Lithium-ion
Motor power 2500 watt
Torque 130Nm
Top Speed 51km/hr
Range 95km
Charging Duration 5-6 hours
Kerb weight 124 kg

The price for TAILG Tiger is Rs 183,000.



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Dambar Chemjong’s efforts to revive TU’s glory – OnlineKhabar English News

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Dambar Chemjong is sitting outside his office in the Central Department of Anthropology at Tribhuvan University, the oldest and biggest university in the country, briefing a prospective student about the benefits of studying anthropology. His eyes light up as he talks as that one can clearly see how passionate he is when it comes to it. He shows the prospective student the research conducted by the department. To make things easier for the student, he even calls to ask when admissions for the department would open. To him, this is just a part of his job.

“I want to change things. Make a difference,” says Chemjong, the head of the Central Department of Anthropology at the university. “They say the university is dead and not like it was. But, I beg to differ and want to prove to people that it is alive and doing well.”

Chemjong took office in August 2018 and since then has changed the face of the department. He has added relevance to the course, created a fun learning environment, established an automated library and even constructed a garden to add some aesthetic to an otherwise dull TU compound. 

But now, he wants to do more. Through small efforts like these, he wants his students to produce journals and research on topics not discussed before. He wants to create a learning environment at TU itself and hopes other departments can do the same so that the TU can once again become the students’ first choice if they choose to stay in Nepal.

The garden was constructed with funds from a USAID-funded project. Photo: Aryan Dhimal

Big issues with big institution

“Small things like these go a long way. You need a feel-good factor,” he says. “But, this is just a beginning as a lot more needs to be done for the university to do that.”

The major problem, Chemjong says is the TU’s centralised structure that does not help the departments or the constituent campuses that are spread across Nepal from Taplejung in the east to Darchula in the west. He says that currently, the TU is too big. Currently, the university along with its constituent campuses in all seven provinces has over 600,000 students.

“If you look at top universities in Europe and the US, there are hardly 10,000 students. Only state universities in the US have more than 10,000,” he says.

His solution for this is to scrape all the constituent campuses and set up different universities in each province with not more than 5,000 students in one.

“What is the use of having over half-a-million students when you can’t even conduct exams and release results on time,” he questions.

Chemjong wants this library to become a learning centre for anthropology students. Photo: Aryan Dhimal

Another problem he says is having to ask the central campus at Kirtipur for even minor decisions. From adding a bench to staff for cleaning, everything has to go through the central campus at Kirtipur.

“If you want to make any decisions at a campus in Darchula, you’ll have to ask permission from Kirtipur. This, to me, makes no sense. If we can decentralise it, I’m sure in the next decade, we can see a lot of improvement.”

But, for that to happen, the leg-pulling culture at the university needs to stop, he says. He calls on teachers and officials at the university to understand what the place stands for and be true to its principles.

“As professors and teachers, we need to understand that we have to evolve because today’s age is different. Students are different. If they won’t find value, they’ll go abroad.”

While he says that students going abroad is more to do with it being more accessible, he is aware that not all departments in the university offer attractive education.

“I don’t want to speak about others, but there are some courses which are quite archaic. That needs to change for the TU to become a sought-after destination for students.”

Journals published by the TU Central Department of Anthropology. Photo: Aryan Dhimal

For continuous growth

He gives the example of his own department. When he started out in 2018, there were only nine students. Today, there are nearly 30 as the department is planning on adding PhD courses having recently added MPhil.

“Constantly evolving is important in today’s age. We’ve also been talking about credit transfers and being a part of the Erasmus exchange programmes. These are what make courses attractive for students along with the different research and job opportunities that we have been helping them out with.”

This, he says, will help the individual capacity of both the students and teachers as with better teachers, the place will have better students who will drive each other towards perfection. But, its not as easy and he knows that.

“Good teachers are not appreciated in Nepal. I feel that a good teacher who has the ability to pull students needs to be paid more. It’s simple. But, teachers getting paid more in Nepal is not the norm, which is why many do research work individually with other organisations.”

A classroom at the TU Central Department of Anthropology. Photo: Aryan Dhimal

He says he does not blame them but instead the system that makes it sound bad that teachers work for these organisations. He says, this, instead, should be promoted like it is in the west as it will improve the teachers and be good for the organisation. 

“But, here, they want them to sit in a room and not be open to exploring, which is dumb.”

This is why he says people at the TU need to be vocal as it can create a change through dialogue and conflict. 

“They say I talk a lot. But, I do so because not many here do. I want to make sure that this department does well till I’m here. I don’t like leg-pulling. I want to work with all I have and give all that I have for this department and help both students and teachers reach their goals.”



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Hero Motocorp launches Hero Xtreme 160R and Hero Hunk 150R in Nepal – OnlineKhabar English News

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Kathmandu, March 15

Building on its commitment to providing youthful, premium and technologically-advanced products in the Nepali market, Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters, on Monday launched two new premium motorcycles in the country – Hero Xtreme 160R and Hero Hunk 150R.

Adding a striking and powerful new chapter to the popular premium brand Xtreme, the Xtreme 160R further strengthens Hero MotoCorp’s presence in the premium motorcycle segment, says the company.

The motorcycle offers an unparalleled mix of performance, sportiness, and features while boasting a muscular stance with an optimum mix of comfort and control.

The Xtreme 160R is accompanied by an all-new Hunk 150R, designed to deliver an unmatched ride experience along with new-age styling.

Both the new motorcycles cater to the aspirations of the youth in Nepal and offer a dynamic combination of performance, styling, and differentiated appeal, the company claims.

The Xtreme 160R and Hunk 150 R will be available at Hero MotoCorp showrooms across the country.

The Xtreme 160R, which comes with a double-disc and a single-channel ABS is priced at Rs339,000 while the Hunk 150R which has the same feature is priced at Rs279,500.

Commenting on the launches, Sanjay Bhan, Head – Global Business, Hero MotoCorp, said, “ The Xtreme 160R has performed well in several global markets and we expect it to do well in Nepal too. We are confident that both the motorcycles will enable us to meet the aspirations of customers here.”

HERO XTREME 160R

Class leading acceleration

Setting the bar for sportiness and real-world performance, the new Xtreme 160R comes with a 160cc air-cooled BS-VI Compliant engine that is powered by XSens technology and advanced Programmed-Fuel-Injection. The Engine delivers an impressive power output of 15 BHP @ 8500 RPM. Joining the fast lane with a class-leading acceleration – 0-60 km/h in 4.7 seconds, the motorcycle has one of the best power-to-weight ratios in its class, thanks to the low kerb-weight of 138.5 kg.

Exceptional handling

The new Xtreme 160R enjoys a commanding riding position with ergonomics engineered for the streets. The lightweight rigid diamond frame setup offers exceptional handling on the streets while making it a corner happy machine at the same time.

The 37mm telescopic front forks and a 7-step adjustable Rear Mono-shock Suspension setup is tuned for urban agility, providing precise handling and a smooth ride. Brakes with 276mm front petal disc and 220mm rear petal disc ensure that the rider is always in full control and confident of the stopping power. The 165 mm ground clearance ensures the ride is hurdle free.

First-in-segment features

The new Xtreme 160R is paired with a first-in-segmental LED package, from a sculpted full LED headlamp with LED DRLs in front, to LED indicators with hazard switch and down to the rear H signature LED tail lamp. The inverted fully digital LCD display together with the first-in-segment side-stand engine cut ff ensures the motorcycle is both technologically advanced and safe.

The head-turner is available in three vibrant colour combinations of pearl silver white, vibrant blue, and sports red.

HERO HUNK 150R

Superior ride and handling

Equipped with a 149cc air-cooled engine, the core of Hunk 150R delivers an impressive 14.2 BHP of power and 12.6 Nm of torque.

Aimed at providing real-world performance, the all-new Hunk 150R features a lightweight yet rigid diamond tubular frame offering precise handling and stability in corners and straight roads. Paired with 130/70MM radial rear tyre, the Hunk 150R ensures a superior road grip is provided in all types of road and riding conditions.

The riding triangle has been tuned to provide the perfect balance of agility, stability, and comfort. The motorcycle also boasts of a first in category 7 step adjustable mono-shock suspension for best in class handling ensuring a sporty ride. The broad 37mm beefy front forks also ensure a stable and plush ride.

Best-in-class features

The motorcycle boasts many safety features and is equipped with the first in category optional single-channel ABS ensuring safe braking. Sporting a new alloy wheel design, the 276mm front, and 220mm rear disc brakes come as a standard feature for efficient and immediate power stopping in all riding conditions. 

Designed to provide ease of access, the motorcycle features a sporty digi-analogue instrument cluster with a side stand indicator, trip metre, and a service reminder. The self-start button comes as standard and the engine kill switch is for added convenience. 

Dynamic design and style 

The Hunk 150R flaunts a muscular fuel tank with aggressive shrouds that make a statement while riding. Adding to the striking appeal is a chiselled rear cowl, sporty headlight with wolf-eyed LED position lamps, LED taillight with LED light guides making it easier to get recognised even in dark. The sport-dynamic graphics actuate the design lines offering an unmistakable style.

Colours with expression

The Hunk 150R is available in three colours – NH1 black, sports red, and techno blue.  



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How many old traditional houses do you get to see nowadays in Kathmandu? No doubt, they can be counted on fingers. And, it is no secret that the valley has already become a dense jungle of concrete.

Amidst this scenario, Narayan Acharya is on a mission to build eco-friendly and sustainable green buildings in the country through his startup named Sustainable Future.

Revival of old technology

Acharya’s company has already constructed over 50 buildings ranging from small to big within five years of operation. Started with an initial investment of about Rs 2 million in 2016, the company has already done a turnover of about Rs 40 million by now.

“We use rammed earth technology to construct the buildings. These techniques were used by our ancestors to build their houses,” Acharya says, “We just improvised the techniques used by them for the better output that suits modern needs.”

Sustainable Future manages raw materials like clay, stone, soil required for the construction from the site area only. An eco-friendly house made by this startup has its own aesthetic value and nature. “This house maintains the heat, controls moisture, and offers breathability itself inside the house,” informs Acharya.

The walls of such buildings are 16 to 18 inch thick. And, the buildings are no more than two storeys. Such eco-friendly buildings are made using 20-30 per cent clay, locally available sand-mixed soil, stone chips, and 4-5 per cent cement, without using any machinery.

Acharya argues the avoidance of machinery serves two purposes: no pollution, and employment opportunities to the workers.

“But, we had to mix the cement in our construction as the building code of Nepal says so. But, we mainly follow the building code of New Zealand,” Acharya says, “… because very few things about this type of building construction are mentioned in the code here.”

Change begins at home

Acharya, who is originally from Jumla, came to Kathmandu and worked on many environment-related projects. The man, who is 50 now, even worked on one of the projects of the United Nations in the beekeeping and resource management area in Somalia for two years. 

Construction underway. Photo: Narayan Acharya

In 2001, he went to the United Kingdom and did a course on permaculture and green buildings. He says, “I got to learn about the rammed earth technology during my study there. Also, I worked in the same field until 2006.”

Just before going to the United Kingdom, and after buying land in the Kathmandu valley, he and his wife were searching for eco-friendly alternatives to construct their house. Acharya opens up, “We were very sure that we did not want to make our house using concrete. Therefore, we thought of using compressed earth blocks for building our house. However, after learning about the technology, we both decided to use this.”

Accordingly, he started constructing his house in Godavari of Lalitpur in 2011. And, the house was complete in 2013. Acharya says, “During the construction, I got to study practically and know a lot of things about this technology. And, thus, I realised that this construction technique is very suitable and significant for Nepal and everyone should know about this.”

About 700 people visited his house as it was the first house of its kind in Nepal, claims Acharya.

His family had lived in a concrete house in the past, and shifting to the new technology was exciting. He shares, “After shifting to the house, we gradually found that the house used to be cool in the summer and warm in the winter. There was a vast difference in the temperature inside and outside of the house.”

After realising the beauty and value of the house, Acharya thought of promoting this eco-friendly technology of housing. Meanwhile, Arun Rimal, a USA-based Nepali engineer, was looking for someone to build a hospital in an eco-friendly way in Achham of far-western Nepal.

A building constructed by Sustainable Future. Photo: Narayan Acharya

In the process, Rimal got to know about Acharya, contacted him, and also visited his house. After that, Rimal not only hired Acharya to build the hospital, but he also joined hands with him in establishing a company to promote this technology.

“As he [Rimal] was from an engineering background, it became a plus point for the work we do.”

Acharya says they started their startup with an aim to promote healthy living, create social impact (provide jobs to the needy ones) and support the environment. Acharya also adds, “Not only us, we believe that all the businesses should abide by these concepts.”

Though the duo had been actively working in this sector since 2013, they only formally registered their company in 2016.

Executing the model

As soon as he completed his own house construction and found a new partner in 2013, Acharya began efforts to attract other clients also. The next year, he found one in a goat farm in Chitlang of Makawanpur.

Interior of Acharya’s house. Photo: Narayan Acharya

“We mobilised the same workforce that built my house,” he says, “Then, some people visiting the farm got attracted to our work and approached us. And, we built a residential building in Lalitpur.”

Then came the turn of the hospital in Achham, the idea of which had resulted in the partnership between Acharya and Rimal

They had already created about five rammed-earth-model structures before the 2015 earthquake hit Nepal. “The earthquake stood as a test for us. And, our buildings stood up to that test very well,” he smiles, “All the buildings were safe and didn’t have any cracks. And, this added a lot to our business.”

As the company has not promoted itself via social media, the major marketing tool of this startup has been the word of mouth, says Acharya. By now, it has constructed both residential and public buildings in Kavrepalanchok, Sindhupalchok, Surkhet, Chitwan, Kathmandu valley, and many other parts of the country. The entrepreneur claims most of his clients are happy with the work and the results. 

“I always stay with the workers on the site every time and also keep the clients on the site. We frequently discuss the working mechanism of the construction with the clients and workers and assure them the quality work.”

Windows and walls of house constructed using rammed earth technology. Photo: Narayan Acharya

According to Acharya, the cost of constructing a house in this model ranges from Rs 4,200- Rs 4,500 per square foot on average. The cost is almost close to the cost of constructing a concrete building. The company with around 50 workers also provides insulation services for roofs, floors, and windows.

Moving on

“However, it is not always easy to find the workers,” says Acharya, “…because not every worker can give the quality and not every worker has the patience that is required for constructing a building using rammed earth technology.”

This is not the only challenge that Sustainable Future has been facing. Other hurdles are the lack of awareness of ‘green’ buildings and their importance among the general public. Acharya says the country’s building code also needs to be changed to create a favourable environment for his company.

Gradually overcoming the challenges, Sustainable Future has been completing around three to four projects yearly. Acharya and his team are aiming to promote this technology of housing to the wider population and to transfer this technology to the younger generation.

“I want more and more people to build this type of eco-friendly homes for sustainable living and environment. Also, I want the younger generations to know, learn and follow this technology.”



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