– Sakal Times Correspondent
Monday, 10 June 2013 – 11:55 AM IST
PUNE: A huge battery-operated chariot for the palkhi procession of Sant Dnyaneshwar is being developed by Research and Development Establishment (R&DE) in Dighi.
This chariot, which is expected to be ready by June 15, will cost about Rs 2.5 crore.
The chariot has been developed after a bullock was killed during the annual pilgrimage from Alandi to Pandharpur last year.
Sant Dnyaneshwar temple administration took the decision to develop a chariot which can be pulled without using bullocks.
The battery-operated chariot will run for about 12 hours and the battery can be fully charged within six hours. A steering has been attached to the 13-feet long and seven-feet wide chariot made out of carbon fibre.
There will be three domes above the chariot. It has been attached with a generator, which will be useful for lighting several lamps. A donation box has been installed inside. The total weight of this chariot is 1900 kg as compared to the older chariots, which weighed about 3000 kg.
Since carbon fibre is used, there will no problem of rusting. The global positioning system, which has been installed, will help in keeping the track of the palkhi procession.
Sources from the department said that a trial of the chariot will be conducted at the Dive Ghat till June 15.
DETAILS OF THE CHARIOT
– The battery-operated chariot will run for about 12 hours and the battery can be fully charged within six hours.
– It is being developed by Research and Development Establishment (R&DE) in Dighi.
– This chariot is expected to be ready by June 15. IT will cost about Rs 2.5 crore.