Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has removed the ban, which came under the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry in 1993 stating to ban the use of timber in the construction of buildings and habitat projects. It also stated that wood is a versatile, renewable, construction material and the life cycle economic cost of timber is also often much lower.
"The MoEFCC has asked to remove the ban on the use of wood in construction, since it will create demand for wood-based industries that would spur the local economy, particularly in rural areas, create large scale employment and encourage farmers and others to bring degraded areas under tree cover that, in turn, will augment production of a multitude ecosystem services for the benefit of the country," the CPWD said in an office memorandum.
The CPWD is the government's largest construction agency and it executes major projects of the Centre as well as the state governments. The CPWD also looks after the maintenance of central government buildings and erecting fences on the country's international borders, among others. The decision to revoke the ban came after the Union Environment ministry asked the department to remove the ban, saying it will create demand for wood-based industries that would spur the local economy and create large scale employment.
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