Bullock-carts, symbol of India’s poor, now in steel

Bullock-carts, symbol of India’s poor, now in steel
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First Published: Wed, Jun 13 2007. 05 56 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Jun 13 2007. 05 56 PM IST
Bhopal: An engineering institute in Madhya Pradesh has designed a light-weight, steel bullock-cart with brakes for its farmers, which can carry bigger loads but will be easier on the animals.
Across India, where farming is the principle economic activity, bulky wooden carts pulled by oxen or buffaloes can be seen trundling on the pot-holed roads, carrying farm produce or people.
The new car, would be made of stainless steel and will be at least 30 kg lighter than the wooden one, officials said on 13 June.
It will cost Rs10,000 rupees, compared to the wooden ones which cost 14,000 rupees, and can carry loads of up to 2 tonnes.
To begin with, more than 700 such carts would be manufactured and given to farmers at a subsidised price of Rs5,000.
“This cart has been designed in view of the condition of roads and requirements of farmers,” engineer J.P. Sharma said.
The weight of the new cart is distributed on both its wheels so that the animals are less burdened, he said, adding the carts would also have brakes.
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