Bhadrak youth develops solar-powered bicycle

Bhadrak: Someone rightly said “necessity is the mother of all inventions” and the work of an engineering graduate from Odisha is another example.

Rakesh Kumar Nayak, a resident of Bhandaripokhri area of Bhadrak has developed a cycle that runs on solar energy and can go at a maximum speed of 30km/hr without pedaling.

The cycle has been built at a cost of Rs 12,000 and is equipped with a solar panel, a battery and a motor.

Rakesh, who comes from a poor financial background completed his engineering in 2015 and later decided to support his family financially.

Subsequently, he started looking for jobs using his father’s bike but when the latter was unhappy over his fuel expenses, Rakesh decided to upgrade a cycle into a solar-powered one.

“Keeping in view the increasing petrol and diesel prices and rising pollution levels, I have equipped the cycle with a solar panel using the money that I earned from repairing work,” said Rakesh.

“I want the government to acknowledge my work so that I can develop it further,” Rakesh added.

Rakesh’s father Subash Chandra Nayak said, “I used to scold him for using my bike as I am financially not so strong to pay for his petrol expenses. So he took my broken cycle and upgraded it. But what he has created is good for the society and I am proud of him.”

Rakesh’s friend Pravat Kumar Sahu said, “I feel proud of my friend for developing such a cycle. It will help in fighting pollution. I request the government to help him.”

Similarly, Padmalochan Sathua, Rakesh’s neighbour said that Rakesh has the potential to achieve success with government aid.

“With government’s aid he can further develop the cycle and bring fame to our village,” Sathua said.

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