Problems are nothing but gateways to solutions.
Borewells have reduced to mere death traps for kids in India.
Many of them are highlighted while many of these cases go unnoticed.
With over 70 million borewells, some dug more than 100 feet deep, pose a serious threat, particularly for children playing in periphery.
As per statistics of National Disaster Response Force, more than 4o children have fallen into borewells since 2009 and about 70% of conventional rescue operations fail miserably.
A small group of engineering students from state’s prestigious institute College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar has come with an innovative solution to this age-old problem.
Siddharth Das, Sweta Patra, Sumeet Mohapatra and Swabhiman Dalai, all from ‘Instrumentation and Electronics’ branch, have simulated an automated borewell rescue system, claiming to be advantageous over the orthodox ones.
‘This is a fast-track process, simpler and easy to operate,’ says Siddharth, a core idealist of the group. ‘There is no need to excavate parallel well.’
‘A pulley attached to clamp arm, which travels deep down the boring hole, operates the automated technology. Oxygen system, food and all necessary stuffs are sent down.A high-resolution camera helps the operator on ground to manage rescue functionaries inside the bore hole,’ Siddhartha mentions.
Three basic elements give the proposal a strategic upshot- precise location detection and orientation, smart clamp movement and uninterrupted communication. They aim to replace Bluetooth contact into the borewell by sophisticated devices sensing radiowaves.
The technical prototype has earned appreciation from experts. Group members are hopeful for the model to be adopted for practical purposes in near future.