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Agricultural Machinery: Bahra University Students Build Mini Tractor

Automobile engineering students built a mini hand tractor which aptly suits the terrain of a hilly state like Himachal. They are the students of Bahra University, Waknaghat.

Students of VIIIth semester automobile engineering Janak Bhardwaj of Nagwain, Mandi; Vineet Thakur of Sarkaghat and mechanical engineer Rakesh Sharma of Barmana, Bilaspur have developed a 60-kg mini tractor powered by a 145cc two stroke scooter engine. Since its spare parts are easily available and cheaper as compared to its industrial counterparts this mini tractor will prove to be a productive option for the tillers of Himachal, said Vice Chancellor of Bahra University Dr SK Bansal.

The portable tractor have four gears to deal with extremely rough terrain and it has a seven-litre fuel tank. This fuel which keeps the tractor moving for more than two hours. The user also have the kerosene fuel option.

Whereas the tractors available in the market cost somewhere between Rs 60, 000 and Rs 1 lakh, this one is available for a modest Rs 25,000. The one-and-a-half month invested by the three engineers in manufacturing this tractor has earned them 50 bookings to begin with.

While attending the university, they are operating a makeshift garage at Kiaribangla near Waknaghat where they are offering repair and maintenance services to all types of vehicles.

Janak thanked Dr S.K Bansal and automobile engineering faculty of Bahra University, especially Rupinder Kanwar, Vikrant Sharma and Chetan Sharma for their continuous support and guidance.