India is a country full of local innovations ranging from small fruit-picking tools to vehicles fully capable of running long distances. People do not necessarily need degrees in engineering or technical training to make such tools. The improvisation technique colloquially known as jugaad often gets things done with minimum cost.
A flower decorator from Durgapur in West Bengal has proved this as he created an electric vehicle that is not just eco-friendly and economical but can also comfortably accommodate 10 people at once.
On Wednesday, Temjen Imna Along, Nagaland’s Minister of Higher Education and Tribal Affairs, shared a video of this unique bike and wrote in roughly translated Hindi , “Indians and their jugaad…only we can manage this!” and added, “Always at its best Idea, Innovation, Cost, Need & Usage every single thing kept in mind while making this Makeshift Electric Bike. Get Going India!”.
India वाले और उनके जुगाड़..ये तो बस हम ही कर सकते हैं! 🤨
Always at its best😎
Idea, Innovation, Cost, Need & Usage every single thing kept in mind while making this Makeshift Electric Bike.
Get Going India! pic.twitter.com/YnZD9ZMdBX
— Temjen Imna Along (@AlongImna) January 25, 2023
In the video, the bike maker Manu Ghosh explains that the vehicle can cover a distance of up to 100 km after they fully charge the bike. He also added that its one-time charging cost is between Rs 8 to Rs 10. It cost around Rs 20,000 to build the bike out of discarded raw material.
As per the Times of India video, the bike is furnished with a sound system and a display system, along with headlights and backlights. Ghosh and his other colleagues who work as flower decorators travel to their work place together on the bike.