Mahur Tipiria-, a 35-year-old farmer, has invented a lift water irrigation device that utilizes waste materials but does not require a power supply, and now the city of Mayurbhanj, Odisha is buzzing about his waterwheel.
Built on the banks of the river Kantakhairi, the waterwheel is 10-ft long. It is situated where the level of water is greater and gravity leads it into 40 wooden blades connected to the containers. The wheel is put into motion instantly by these blades.
When the wheel begins spinning, it discharges water from porous bamboo clumps into the agricultural land. The best thing is, there is no need for the wheel to run an electric generator, technical machinery, or even solar power.
Tiripia learned until Class 2 and it left people fascinated by his professional know-how. Although for him, it’s just a means of preserving his agriculture. To build it, he mixed waste plastic containers, chunks of bamboo, wooden beams, two metal beams, and as many iron rods. to, operate.
“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,” said Tipiria.
Tiripia attempted to be a migrant worker, but it didn’t succeed. He planned to stay at home and engage in farming.
He now irrigates his three-acre farmland with his waterwheel and has begun growing mustard, wheat, and vegetables on it as well. Just about 300 meters from the waterwheel is his property.
Last week, Karanjia sub-collector Rajanikanta Biswal went to the site and congratulated Tipiria for his innovative inventiveness.
Biswal requested Tipiria at the Horticulture Office to expand on the waterwheel mechanism. He will be congratulated on Republic Day on January 26, according to sources.