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Innovative creation for the benefit of disabled

M.V. Subramanyam



Useful:The reverse gear mechanism fitted in the interior of the side panel of a scooter.

KADAPA: The technology-savvy final year B. Tech. students of Madina Engineering College in Kadapa have designed the “reverse gear” technology for gearless two-wheelers modified into three-wheelers that would immensely benefit the disabled and the aged to drive vehicles with ease.

A group of three final year Mechanical Engineering students – S. Ibrar, G. Azharuddin and S. Hussain - designed the lost-cost gear box that could be fitted on the specially designed three-wheeler scooters, being used by persons crippled with the debilitating polio, the physically challenged and the frail senior citizens particularly old aged women, to help them reverse the vehicle without the need to get off it.

The gear box that works basing on roller mechanism will be fitted near the engine inside the side panel and can be operated on a specially designed hand-operated lever, the students explained to The Hindu. The reverse gear system developed by Madina Engineering College students to help the vehicle move in the backward direction is unique and non-existent in India, said Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering S. Shakeel Ahmed, who guided the students in developing it after being impressed by their innovative idea. The mechanism would cost between Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 4,000 and is affordable by the middle classes as well as poorer sections, Mr. Ahmed stated. He complimented the students for their innovative creation that would be of immense help to persons who physical debility would not become a handicap when they drive.

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