Covid-19: Tripura Man creates ‘social distancing’ motorbike

Agartala: A school drop-out has built a motor-bike with a one-metre gap between the rider and the pillion to stress on the importance of social distancing amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The man identified as Partha Saha (39), a resident of Pal Para of Aralia, Agartala in Tripura is a mechanic by profession. He bought an old bike from a scrap dealer to make the ‘social distancing bike’. He then removed the engine and cut the machine into two before affixing the rod slightly longer than a metre to connect the wheels.

Due to Covid-19 crisis, as the government has asked to maintain social distancing, Saha stated that to move out of the house you need to maintain distance and he then decided to invent this unique motorcycle. Have also maintained a 1 metre distance from front seat to the pillion rider seat.

Saha then stated that with the help of the bike, he can drop his daughter to school once the restrictions are lifted. He can also carry out his household chores and finish the necessary tasks for the family.

His battery-powered bike can run at a speed upto 40 kilometeres per hour. The bike takes at least three hours to get fully charged and can run up to 80 kms. The cost of charging the bike comes to about Rs 10, Saha Said.

Saha’s innovation did not go unnoticed as Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb took to Twitter and was all praises for this man for his unique motorcycle he invented.

“Necessity is the mother of invention! I congratulate Partha Saha of Tripura for making an unique motorcycle to create awareness during the Covid-19 pandemic. The electric bike has 1 metre distance between the two seats. He has designed it to take his daughter to school post lockdown,” the Chief Minister tweeted.

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