Pune ped­als away pol­lu­tion, rides the bi­cy­cle bus

Mid Day - - City - CHAITRALY DESH­MUKH chaitraly.desh­[email protected]

PUNE: Ris­ing pol­lu­tion and the de­ter­mi­na­tion to do some­thing about it, in­spired an in­no­va­tor to cre­ate a bi­cy­cle bus pow­ered by hu­man en­ergy. He also used scrap – tin sheets, rods and un­used bi­cy­cle parts – to cre­ate it.

Milind Kulka­rni, 51, a res­i­dent of Kothrud, spent R1.25 lakh to make the bi­cy­cle bus in a month. He has a de­gree in physics and runs his own com­pany, En­sem­ble Sys­tems, that man­u­fac­tures so­lar en­ergy prod­ucts. He had ear­lier filed some six patents for his prod­ucts. Kulka­rni claimed the con­cept for the bi­cy­cle bus came to him when he saw a sim­i­lar pic­ture in a chil­dren’s book when he was in class V. Such bi­cy­cle buses are used by kids to go to school in the Nether­lands.

Kulka­rni said, “Pune was ini­tially known as a bi­cy­cle city. Now we are mov­ing back bi­cy­cles again. Also, pol­lu­tion keeps in­creas­ing and I felt, this lit­tle step to­wards re­duc­ing it will help the en­vi­ron­ment a bit. Ev­ery day I worked on it for six to seven hours.”

He added, “I have cre­ated the bus for eight pas­sen­gers and one driver. The driver moves the steer­ing wheel. The other eight peo­ple will pedal, pow­er­ing the bus. It is pol­lu­tion free, user-friendly, and also de­creases stress and body fat lev­els. It can also be bat­tery-op­er­ated.” A min­i­mum of four peo­ple in­clud­ing the driver are needed to drive the bus.

Kulka­rni is ready to man­u­fac­ture such bi­cy­cle buses if any­one ap­proaches him for them.

Cre­ator Milind Kulka­rni demon­strates how the bi­cy­cle bus works

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