Tiruchirapalli

NIT-T hands over street vacuum cleaner to civic body

Tiruchi Corporation Commissioner N. Ravichandran and NIT-T Director Mini Shaji Thomas at the commissioning of a truck-mounted street vacuum cleaner.

Tiruchi Corporation Commissioner N. Ravichandran and NIT-T Director Mini Shaji Thomas at the commissioning of a truck-mounted street vacuum cleaner.  

Developed by members of its Designers’ Consortium

National Institute of Technology-Tiruchi (NIT-T) has handed over its indigenously-designed truck-mounted street vacuum cleaner to Tiruchi Corporation.

The product developed by members of the Designers’ Consortium — the official product designing club — promises cost-efficient and power-efficient solution to cleanliness problems on city roads.

NIT-T Director Mini Shaji Thomas handed over the new product to Corporation Commissioner N. Ravichandran recently.

“This product can be mounted on the corporation truck and used for for removal of trash from the streets. It is a solution to Tiruchi’s problem of accumulation of waste on the streets, especially in and around vegetable market area,” she said.

The product was conceptualised and funded by the batch of 1983, one of the golden batches.

‘Give back to society’, the motto with which the patrons, Richard Sekar, Sagayaraj Benedict and T. Suresh, proceeded with the project, had its start in ‘Immacula Trichy Hackathon’ organised by the student’s welfare office and Alumni Relations office of NIT-Tiruchi during September 2018.

The execution of the project was taken up by students of Designer’s Consortium. In order to fully understand the needs and challenges of the product, the students travelled to Chennai to study and evaluate the existing street cleaners owned by Chennai Corporation.

Subsequently, the team came out with a cost-effective vacuum cleaner, the trash from which could be collected in an on-board container of the truck. The team made frequent visits to Ariyamangalam dumping site to further understand the lifecycle of waste and its management.

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