The north western end of New Delhi is home to what must be the country’s largest timber market. The market is situated in the outskirts of the city along the Rohtak Road at a place called Nangloi.
|Nangloi Timber Market (Delhi)|
I decided to explore the place with fellow woodworker Joel Michalski, a American from Wisconsin who is currently in Delhi on assignment. The two of us took the Delhi Metro and after a couple of changes got on to the line that ends at a place called Mundka. The market starts near the Nangloi stop and continues several kilometres till Mundka and beyond.
From the Metro coach we could see miles and miles of warehouses full of timber of various kinds. There were trucks loading and unloading and containers at places.
Almost all the wood sold here is imported and comes in straight from the ports in Gujarat. Hundreds of large importers get shiploads of timber and distribute them all over north India. This is one reason why bulk buyers prefer to pick up their requirements from here.
We found that the bulk of the wood being imported these days is cheap Meranti, Pine and similar varieties. These cost between `500 and 700 a cubic feet.
|A Large Timber Stockist|
The bigger yards stock a wide variety of more expensive African, Burma and Nagpur teaks as well as some Western species such as Red Oak, Ask and Maple. These are significantly more expensive and the best Burma Teak, for instance, can cost as much as ` 3800 a cubic foot.
|Variety of Wood Species|
It felt great to be in these huge timber yards with their aroma of fresh wood. Joel took a bunch of photos which he agreed to share. All the photos are by him.
|A Bandsaw in Operation|
20 April 2014
20 April 2014