Indian TV mechanic invents ‘social distancing’ motorbike

By: News Desk      Published: 03:30 PM, 30 Apr, 2020
Indian TV mechanic invents ‘social distancing’ motorbike

Since the time the global pandemic broke out, many people across the world are coming up with their creative ideas to bring awareness among people. From making home-made facial masks to delivering messages on the importance of precautionary measures to avoid virus attack, people are leaving no opportunity to spread awareness in their own unique way.

Creativity is an in-born talent and it does not require any formal degrees! And an Indian mechanic proves it.

A school dropout in Indian city of Agartala has built a motorbike with a one-metre gap between the rider and the passenger to drive home the importance of social distancing in the time of coronavirus pandemic.

Partha Saha, 39, bought an old bike from a scrap dealer, removed the engine and cut the machine in two before affixing a rod slightly longer than a metre to connect the wheels.

His new bike runs on battery power and has a top speed of 40 kilometres per hour. It takes three hours to charge the battery, which allows the bike to travel 80 kilometres (50 miles) in one go.

Speaking to the media about his aim to create the ‘social distancing bike’, Partha said, "Now I can ride with my eight-year-old daughter while maintaining a safe distance."

When the nation extended its lockdown this month until May 3, Saha realised the battle against the virus might not be over any time soon.

He used up his savings to make the vehicle which he plans to use to ferry his daughter to and from school once the restrictions are lifted. “I didn’t want her to take the school bus as it would be crowded,” said Saha, who works in a TV repair shop.

He had already tried his invention on streets which left everyone stunned with its design.

Not only this, Biplab Kumar Deb, Tripura’s Chief Minister, praised him for his amazing invention with such a good message amid pandemic.

“Necessity is the mother of invention! I congratulate Partha Saha… for making a unique motorcycle to create awareness during COVID-19 pandemic,” Deb tweeted.