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Kerala Farmer Finds Unique Solution to Cross River

They say it is necessarily the mother of invention. This story here seems to be a classic example of the word. Minchinaka is a small village located on the banks of the Varada River in the Kasagod border. Krishna Bhat has about three and a half acres of land on both sides of the river. His family has areca nut and coconut trees just like the others in the village.

Throughout the rainy season, two areca trunks are divided vertically and laid across the river. This ‘sanka’ or small bridge costs them about 10,000 rupees and the Bhat family has been carrying the money every year since they needed it more than anyone to transport workers, fertilizer, agriculture and everything else from the end. one to the other. Students and other villagers also used the bridge to cross the river. The clusters of villages on both sides have this as their main route. When it is raining, the bridge sinks into a swollen river or flows into the river several times.

Bheemesh, son of Krishna Bhat wants a perfect solution to this problem. Holding a self-driving car book, Bheemesh once went to Krishi Mela (Agricultura Fair) in Puttur and seeing many technological innovations to help agriculture, he thought of a new concept of the sea route. Then he contacted Sunil B Lakkuni, who had been studying technology for eight years at Vivekananda University in Puttur. The duo along with the other two devised a plan to build a sea route across Varada.

They listed the things they would need to build the sea route and go to the scrap market in Mangaluru. There they found a specific metal – which was used in the construction of ships. This type of metal will not rust when exposed to water and remain strong all the time. They had all the equipment they needed and began to set the course.

The stated system consists of two pulley. One is static, the other on motion. The corridor is supported by two high columns on both ends. The metal basket helps people and materials to move to both sides.

“Two workers will be hired every day to change 120 to 150 bags of areca fruit. This size was changed within two hours of using this cable method. We also face widespread unemployment here. So the win-win situation is perfect for us, ”said Krishna Bhat.

Now the villagers also happily use the sea route, so did the students. The average cost of the sea route is Rs 60,000. “It simply came to our notice then. Because we have to spend 10,000 every year for the bridge. People happily sat in the basket and crossed the bridge. They pull the rope themselves to move. The government has not helped us so far even after many requests. So we have found a lasting solution, ”Bheemesh said.

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