Modified hand-cart with steering mechanism and brakes
Name : Nidhi Kumari Gupta
District & State : Muzaffarpur, Bihar
Category : Engineering
Award : ignite
Award Function : IGNITE 2013 Awards
Award Year : 2013
What’s the idea?
Incorporating easy steering mechanism and brakes to make turning hand-carts easy and arrest slide on inclines respectively. A compassionate idea to make life easier for street vendors who use hand-carts. Nidhi dropped out of school after passing class 8 last year to return to her village, though she wishes to continue her studies for a few more years. Her father moves around from place to place selling ‘petha’ (kind of sweet) on his hand cart. He often faced problem turning it especially at acute turns. To do this, the loaded cart has to be lifted and rotated about the front wheels, which is quite cumbersome. She saw her father having trouble doing this and thought of a steering kind of a mechanism, which could solve his problem.