Necessity is the mother of invention. As SOCIAL DISTANCING and WEARING OF MASK becomes new normal to the society , Indian people are coming up with innovative ideas to maintain it. The capabilities of our people to adapt to new circumstances and to fight with the corona virus pandemic is very much commendable.
Here are few innovations by Indians to cope with the novel corona virus outbreak, which will surely amaze you :
1. THE RICKSHAW- DRIVER’s COVID-19 INNOVATION
An e-rickshaw driver named Rajesh Jejurikar from West Bengal , has compartmentalized his vehicle to ensure social distancing between his passengers. He had used covers to segregate the rickshaw in five sections for his passengers. This way each passenger, including him, could sit in a designed space without coming in contact with other person.
Mahindra group chairman, Anand Mahindra applauded the efforts of this e-rickshaw’s driver and also tagged Rajesh Jejurikar, the executive director – Auto and Farm Sectors,Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd and asked him to hire the driver as an advisor to his R&D and product development teams.
2. SOCIAL DISTANCING BIKE
Talent is not restricted to any degree. A mechanic from Tripura has built a bike that runs on a battery and even accommodates a pillion but while maintaining social distancing. The bike was built by ‘Partha Saha’. He is a resident of Aralia, Agartala, has built this bike while maintaining a space of one meter between the rider’s seat and that of the pillion. The bike takes at least 3 hours to get fully charged and can run up to 80 km on a single charge. He strictly followed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s advice of maintaining “DO GAZ DOORI” (two yard distance).
Apart from social distancing, Partha Saha, the creator also wanted to give the usage of green energy a push, due to which he opted for a lithium-ion battery to power the electric bike. The Chief Minister of the state also patted him for this unique model.
3.KERALA SHOPKEEPER’s JUGAAD TECHNIQUE
While Social Distancing is the key to keep Coronavirus at bay, a Provision store in Kerala has devised an innovative way to keep customers literally at an arm’s length while serving them. He is using a PVC pipe attached to the side of his counter which seems to be a funnel to transfer goods to customers.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor impressed with the way the shopkeeper in Kerala and how is keeping the things going, tweeted the picture and said, “How to maintain physical distance between shopkeeper and customer while buying essential supplies – Kerala way! #COVID19India”.
4. MILKMAN’s UNIQUE “NO – TOUCH DELIVERY”
A milkman from Madhya Pradesh find unique way to tackle his basic issues.As you can see in the picture,the milkman, wearing protective gear like a Mask and Gloves pours the milk in a funnel which is connected to pipe and the customer holds a bowl just below the other end of pipe from where the milk comes out.Taking all the precaution and adding his own touch of Jugaad, the milkman has grabbed attention for his style of milk delivery. The technique ensures zero contact and follow all the rules of social distancing.
The photo went viral after IAS Officer Awanish Sharan shared the picture on twitter and got everyone talking online.
5. TEACHER’s JUGGAD OF “DIY TRIPOD”
At a time when the Covid-19 pandemic has prompted education institution to reinvent themselves and switch to the online medium to take classes from home, it has also highlighted concerns of a digital divide in education across the nation. Pune based Chemistry teacher ‘MOUMITA B‘ did not have a tripod to hold her phone, so she went an extra mile to ensure that she could teach her students properly. The teacher made a self-made tripod using hanger and multiple cloth strings.She attached her phone to the hanger and suspended it between plastic chair, with cloth strips holding it in position. The teacher’s jugaad to teach her student has gone viral.
These are the few innovation that I find interesting, so I want to share with you. From these amazing ideas, you can estimate that how Indians are creatively trying to figure out how to adapt to the new ways of life.