Power from bullock cart wheels

Power from bullock cart wheels


This farmer is no engineering student who has undertaken a project as part of his course. Yet, his innovation is in no less an achievement, in that he has converted mechanical energy that would have otherwise gone waste into electricity, something that is becoming more precious by the day.

highlight: The hitech bullock cart developed by farmer Shankar Badigera run on power generated by the cart wheels.DH photos

The initiative of Shankar Badigera, hailing from Karoshi village in the taluk, has made journeys in his humble cart an enjoyable experience, without spending the lakhs that high-end cars cost.

His bullock cart is not just a multi-utility vehicle, it is also a visual treat with the bullocks and the cart tastefully decorated.

The colour clothing on the bullocks and the lights on the cart give it the rustic look.  
The family of Badigera, who has studied only up to class V, undertakes the annual pilgrimage to Yellammana Gudda and it is spared the monotony of the weeklong journey, thanks to the tape recorder, the TV and the fun that run on the power produced every time the wheels turn. Dynamos are attached to the wheels and a battery is connected to the dynamo. The power generated by the dynamo charges the battery which runs the electrical devices.

Badigera’s never say die spirit has often landed him in financial trouble, whenever the spare parts had to be replaced.


The farmer, but, has never cut short his tryst with his wonder creation. It cost him Rs 70,000 to Rs 80,000 to build the cart.

His family looks forward to the trip, complete with the luxuries, the disarming jingle of the bells tied to the bullocks’ necks and cool breeze of the night. Badigera’s family travels mostly in the night as the blazing sun of the day can make the pair of bullocks tired.

That is the reason why the vehicle has headlights and indicators. Badigera has a mirror fixed in front of the driver’s seat, so that he too can watch the TV reflected in the mirror.
That’s what you call making most of life.

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