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Odisha farmer makes unique waterwheel using bamboo, plastic bottles for irrigation

Mahur Tipiria, a farmer of Badamtalia village under Sukruli block in Odisha, needed bamboo, rejected plastic bottles and iron rods to design the waterwheel.

Mahur Tipiria – A 35-year-old farmer of Mayurbhanj, Odisha, has taken a unique initiative to devise a lift water irrigation mechanism that uses waste materials but does not require power supply, and his waterwheel is now the talk of the town. 

Mahur Tipiria, a farmer of Badamtalia village under Sukruli block in Odisha, needed bamboo, rejected plastic bottles and iron rods to design the waterwheel. This can now irrigate his three acre land.

For Tipiria, a class 2 pass-out, there was a dire need to sustain his farming. Using the basic law of gravity that sends water flowing downwards, he combined waste plastic bottles, bamboo clumps, wooden planks, two iron beams and iron rods to create the waterwheel. 

The waterwheel, installed on the banks of river Kantakhairi, is 10-ft high. It is located where the water level is higher and gravity leads it into the bottles attached to 40 wooden blades. These blades automatically set the wheel into motion. 

Once the wheel begins to move, water is discharged into the farmland through hollow bamboo clumps. For the wheel to operate, there are no requirements for an electric motor, technical equipment or even solar energy.

Tipiria took a month to work on the wheel.

He has started growing mustard, wheat and vegetables on his land, which is just around 300 metres from the waterwheel.

“My land remained unused post kharif harvest and lack of irrigation facility did not help. I decided to find ways to prepare the land for rabi crops but could not afford an electric motor. All this prompted me to devise a method and then the idea struck,” The New Indian Express quoted Tipiria as saying.

Various farmers in the block visited Tipiria to understand how the device works. Karanjia Sub-Collector Rajanikanta Biswal visited the site last week and showered praises on Tipiria for his inventive breakthrough.

Tipiria has been asked to elaborate on the waterwheel mechanism at the Horticulture office. Reports say that he will soon be felicitated. 

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