Sikanto Mandal, from Mathura and his fellow classmates, who were in grade nine at that time in Jai Gurudev Sanstha Schoolin Uttar Pradesh, were tasked with picking up waste dumped on the school grounds before the start of the day. To say the least, it wasn’t an easy task.
Thinking about the struggle and effort required in collecting waste, Sikanto was inspired to come up with a better approach to cleaning up.
On paper, Mandal designed a waste lifting and dumping device that is manual and more efficient to clear the school premises.
However, he lacked funds to make his idea into reality.
He approached his teachers with the dilemma and they suggested he apply for the Inspire Awards by the Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India. His creation impressed and he was awarded Rs 5,000 to build a model.
According to Deccan Chronicle, “He scrapped together old furniture to make the first model and tested it in school for the first time. He then exhibited his invention at the district level of the Inspire Awards, which was met with praise. Soon after he was invited to showcase his creation at the state and national level.”
The Swachhta Cart, made of metal, is easy to handle and operate and is environment friendly.
The cart has caught the eyes of Gujarat-based start-up Sarjan Innovators Pvt Ltd, who have the means to mass produce it and add a few modifications.
On January 24, CM Yogi Adityanath met with Sikanto and got to see his unique cart.
In May 2018, Sikanto will travel to Japan with other winners of the Inspire Awards.