Driven by the increasing problems caused by water pollution, a 12 year old boy from Vadodara has invented a water body cleaning device, named Makara
Water pollution levels have risen manifold since the advent of the 21st century. Plastic pollution has been identified as the main cause of water body pollution, as people continue to carelessly dispose waste into these water bodies. Horrifying images of dead bodies of aquatic animals washing up on the shorelines, have become increasingly common. One such image of a pilot whale, found dead on a beach in Thailand, has driven an 8th grader from the city of Vadodara, in Gujarat, India, to create a battery operated device, which collects waste from rivers.
Varun Saikia, a mere 12 year old, was deeply disturbed by the alarming rate of increase in pollution of rivers and oceans. The repercussions of the pollution levels, made him research the causes leading to this problem. He soon realized that this was a problem plaguing water bodies all across the globe, and thus he set about creating his own pond cleaning device, called Makara.
The Makara, named after the popular oceanic creature from Hindu mythology, works on the concept of using the power of fluid mechanics to redirect waste into an entrapment attached at the back of the device. The device is totally battery operated, and has a single motor, which both propels the device, and also redirects the waste into the receptacle. Based on simple physics, the machine demonstrated solid functionality. The viability of the device, could mean that with a larger motor and structure, the capacity of the device can be increased to significant levels.
“I thought of making a machine that would clean and collect all the floating plastic waste in rivers, ponds and lakes. Plastic floats on water bodies which makes it harder to scoop up and collect”, says Varun when asked about what inspired his device.
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