THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Finding labourers for road and repair works has become a Herculean task in Kerala which is why the State depends on migrant labourers for the job. Digging the cable trench is one such sector where workers are in short supply. The final-year Mechanical Engineering students of Pathanamthitta Carmel Engineering College have come up with an alternative as part of their semester project for overcoming this difficulty.
They have developed a ‘Bycivator’, which is a JCB-like apparatus attached to a motor bike which could do the earthwork in narrow roads to lay cable or pipe. It could be used to clean drains and canals and could be used in the building construction and agricultural purposes too.
The boom attached to the lower end of the Bycivator could be adjusted to dig trenches in different widths and breadths. It will only consume one litre of petrol for one hour of work, the students said in a statement.
The bycivator costs Rs 30,000 and could be built at lower costs too. The students who were part of the project are Solomon Joseph, Shameersha, Nikhil, Sanju Varghese, Sooraj Ravikumar and Sudhish Kumar. Project guides were Pradeep George, Pramod George, Shiju Philipose and Anoop Joseph. They can be contacted at 8089392827.