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Shrine board to launch new 'palkis' to ferry pilgrims to Vaishno Devi

Press Trust of India 

A totally redesigned 'Palki' or palanquin will soon be launched to ferry pilgrims to the cave in hills of and

Shri Mata is shortly launching totally redesigned 'Palkis' for the much greater comfort of pilgrims and convenience of the Palkiwallahs, a senior of of SMVDSB said.

The new highly comfortable, much lighter weight, sturdier and aesthetically designed 'Palkis' have been developed by a team of the and (NITIE), Mumbai, in continuing collaboration with the Shrine Board, the said.

As of now, 10 newly designed aluminium based Palkis have been received by the Shrine Board, and these are presently plying on the track on a demonstration basis. 90 more Palkis will be available next month and the entire batch of 100 such Palkis is scheduled to be formally launched by SMVDSB Chairman, he said.

The newly designed Palkis are 30 kg less in weight than the traditional ones and provides very significant convenience to the Palkiwallas to carry pilgrims.

It is pertinent to recall that the idea of improving the traditional 'Palkis' was deliberated in a meeting held at Raj Bhavan in December 2014 between N N Vohra, SMVDSB Chairman, and Dr R Chidambaram, to the

It was decided in the meeting that University of shall act as the nodal point for the functioning of the Rural Technology (RuTAG) which, with support from IIT, Delhi, and other will assist the to undertake varied technologyupgradation tasks, he said.

It was agreed that the traditional 'Palkis' shall be redesigned through a team of headed by Prof B K Chakravarthy in collaboration with NITIE, he added.

In the past 4 years, several designs and prototypes of the improved Palkis have been developed, trial runs have been conducted and modifications made which were based on the feedback provided by the Palkiwallahs.

Under the aegis and support of the RuTAG, Mechanical Engineering students from the Shri Mata University have also been involved in the trial runs of the newly designed Palkis, based upon the continuing feedback from the Palkiwallahs, he said.

"Some of the Palkiwallahs were also taken to to provide first-hand feedback regarding the efficacy of the modified Palkis.They have also been imparted training on the use of the improved Palkis", the said.

Theses have been developed based on ergonomic studies to make the journey comfortable for the pilgrims, besides presenting a pleasing aesthetic look, the redesigned Palkis are sturdy and can carry weights more than 100 kg, he added.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 15:25 IST