Difuculty and Effort in running Rickshaw
Despite the assumed technical advantage of the variable gear system, the ATDA was able to sell very few pieces and even fewer were fitted to rickshaws. The peddlers, because of unending maintenance problems have since removed these features, off downtime. A local innovator, Jabbarbhai, has devised a very user-friendly system of gears. Starting with a twin-gear rickshaw, Jabbarbhai now rides a four gear one with a differential drive and foot-operated axle brake. He is also taking a keen interest in extending the benefits of his innovation to other rickshaw pullers of Nagpur with the help of some friends belonging to the Centre of Science for Villages at Wardha, and a project grant from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, Delhi. Jabbarbhai wants to continue his work both on the research and extension fronts, but does not want to give up his original occupation of rickshaw driving!
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