Vehicle for Change

Instead of allowing your old scooter to lie unused and rust,it can now be put to a better use. Four final-year mechanical engineering students from a city college can convert the scooter into a multi-purpose vehicle that can solve a number of the problems faced by farmers.

Written by Atikh Rashid | Published:May 28, 2012 1:56 am

Instead of allowing your old scooter to lie unused and rust,it can now be put to a better use. Four final-year mechanical engineering students from a city college can convert the scooter into a multi-purpose vehicle that can solve a number of the problems faced by farmers. As part of their final-year project,these students of Pune Zilla Shikshan Mandal’s College of Engineering in Manjari,Vishal Sable,Tushar Dhere,Nemuddin Sayyed and Pooja Yadav,have developed an ‘Agro-Scooter’ by altering the vehicle into an automobile that can perform 12 different functions for a farmer. The students are already getting calls from farmers showing interest to to buy the ‘Agro-Scooter’. The students plan to apply for a patent soon.

“It can lift water from a well for irrigating crops,spray pesticide,cut fodder,recharge batteries and generate electricity along with performing other necessary farm operations. Before we started with the project,I met many farmers and held discussions with them to understand their needs. Earlier,we had decided to design a crop harvester,but because it requires a huge investment,we opted for an ‘Agro-Scooter’,” says Sable.

A centrifugal pump installed on the scooter can be used for lifting water continuously for two hours,which can prove to be very useful for the farmers struggling to irrigate their fields due to prolonged load shedding in villages. The vehicle also has an invertor attached,which can supply power to small electronic gadgets. A pump and blower fitted to the scooter enables the scooter to spray pesticides. In addition to this,equipment fitted to the vehicle can perform functions of a vacuum cleaner,fodder cutter,battery charger and a flour mill.

The students worked for four months on the project. All that they required to convert a scooter into the ‘Agro-Scooter’ was a reciprocating pump,a 500-watt inverter,bike tyres,drums and a car battery. A scooter was chosen for the project as it provides several advantages apart from being cheaper. It has a 150CC engine with 5.5 HP and 5500 RPM (revolution per minute) capacity.

According to the students,its cost of Rs 35,000 is comparatively lower than other cultivating machines available in the market. “We have designed it in such a way that it costs only 25 percent of the cost of other cultivators but does a lot more. The cultivators like Chhota Tractor can only be used for ploughing,weeding,and sowing,whereas the ‘Agro-Scooter’ can perform all these funtions and in addition,can take care of many day-to-day needs of the farmer,” says Sable. The project impressed their guides,C A Patil,D A Kamble and K R Harane,who advised the students to apply for a patent.

According to the students,calls from farmers willing to buy the automobile have already begun. “Many farmers have called us,personally met us and have expressed a desire to buy it. A few of them do not need all the 12 functions. We are now planning to make tailor-made ‘Agro-Scooters’,depending on individual needs,which can provide them at a lower price,depending on the devises attached,” says Sable.

But the farmers will have to wait as the engineers are busy preparing for the exams and will only start taking assignments once they are done with them.

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