Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

What they call-necessity is the mother of invention. A botany lecture of Hilltop College at Mohana in Gajapati district has proved this popular adage once again.

The continuous surge in the fuel prices and level of pollution prompted Manas Ranjan Panigrahi to design a battery-powered low-cost bicycle.

“I am really concerned about the surge in petrol price and increase in the level of pollution due to vehicular emission now-a-days. I was seriously contemplating to give my contribution in reducing the emission level. That was the inspiration behind my innovation,” said Panigrahi.

Though battery-run cycles are available in the market, Panigrahi has been able to design his vehicle at a lesser cost.

“The cycle designed by me is around Rs 10,000 less than the battery-run cycles available in the market,” said Panigrahi.

“People should come forward to design their own battery-run cycles as the process is easy and to maintain the vehicle is cost effective. Rs 10,000 is not a small amount,” added Panigrahi.

Though Panigrahi is a lecturer in Botany, he is also interested in engineering. He watched a number of YouTube videos and read a lot of books to be successful in his novel idea.

“I have to give a lot of time and energy in researching about the innovation. I am happy to be successful at my effort at last,” said Panigrahi.

“People should try their hands in designing their own battery bicycles and help to reduce the pollution level by stopping vehicular emission,” he added.

(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)