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IIT Madras students come with innovative device

Published: | February 01, 2016
IIT Madras students come with innovative device
Student of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras is known for its innovations has built an innovative ramp that is cost-effective and will be ex

Student of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras is known for its innovations has built an innovative ramp that is cost-effective and will be extremely beneficial for senior citizens who cannot climb stairs.

The idea won the 'Indian Railway Design Challenge' at Shaastra which is IIT-M's tech festival. Now, the design for a device made by students at the premier institute is aimed at helping the differently-abled. The innovative ramp can provide easy access between a train and the platform

The ramp is reported to be cost-effective and will also be extremely beneficial for senior citizens who cannot climb stairs. The idea won the 'Indian Railway Design Challenge' at Shaastra which is IIT-M's tech festival. Officials from the railways have decided to see if the design can be used in modifications for upcoming coaches.

“Mechanical and civil engineering students from 'Team Innovators' designed the foldable semi-automatic footboard that won the prize. Every year, hundreds of passengers get either maimed or even killed while entering or exiting trains through the steep footboard. This is because of the large gap between the platform and the coach. The total cost of the ramp is Rs 8,300,” said one of the team members.

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