Praful Chander Nagpal
Fazilka, June 28
A local NGO, Graduates Welfare Association Fazilka, has achieved a milestone by introducing a solar energy-run rickshaw here today.
The model, Surya, was kicked off on the fifth anniversary of Ecocab (a light-weight modern rickshaw) at the Non-Motor Research and Development Centre here.
Surya has been developed by NGO patron Dr Bhupinder Singh, a recipient of Uttarakhand Government's Urja Purush title. Kabir Sharma, a mechanical engineering student and an intern at the centre, assisted him in the project. The rickshaw generates 200-watt solar power through four photo voltaic panels, which also act as a roof for the 250-watt DC motor (fitted on the rickshaw). The rickshaw weight has been kept around 80 kg in order to reduce its cost as well as to provide comfort to the operator for pulling it in the absence of sunlight.