NIF 'shodh' To Assist Kashmiri Electricians

NIF 'shodh' To Assist Kashmiri Electricians

9 February 2012
Times of India
Dayananda Yumlembam

Ahmedabad: After finding roles in films like '3 Idiots', grassroots innovations scouted by city's National Innovation Foundation (NIF) will try to play a real-life role by helping electricians in northen-most Jammu and Kashmir state. The Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation Ltd (JKSPDCL) is placing a bulk order of 30 units of 'tree and pole-climber', another grassroots innovation scouted by NIF. The pole-climber is a simple two-piece device worn at the climber's feet. Apart from being small, light weight and easily portable compared to ladders, the device allows the user to climb electric poles fast and effortlessly. The device uses the climber's body weight to lock itself to the poles at every climbing step. The pole-climber is a simple mechanical device innovated by Mushtaq Ahmed Dar, a high school dropout from Anantnag district in Jammu and Kashmir. The innovation was scouted and documented by NIF with an intention to give it a platform and promote it. NIF collects various grassroots innovations through scouting trips called 'Shodh Yaatra,' which are organized in various parts of the country. Later, Ahmedabad-based Indian Inovatix Ltd procured the rights to develop, produce and market the product through an MoU with NIF. 'We are receiving an order for 30 pieces of the pole-climber from the electricity board at Jammu and Kashmir. Along with Dar, we have done value-additions and improvisations to the product according to market needs,' said Sham Antoorkar, co-inventor and CEO of Indian Inovatix. 'Various innovations at NIF have been receiving attentions from buyers. However this particular one is interesting as it will help the grassroots and serve the society in a large-scale. When linemen and electricians climb electric poles there are frequent accidents. While hydraulic-powered cranes are not affordable for all, this simple device will help save lives of these workers,' said Anil Gupta, faculty at IIM-A. He also happens to be the executive vice-chairman at NIF.