Chandra Siwakoti Sharma, a resident of Shyamjuli village in Assam, has built a ‘jugaad’ helicopter and named it Pawan Putra. An automobile mechanic by profession, Chandra Siwakoti decided to spend Rs. 15 lakh from his savings to design the helicopter because it is not very easy for vehicles to reach his village located in Dhemaji district, 450 km northeast of Guwahati.
Chandra Siwakoti is a school dropout who could not study after Class 3 because of his family’s weak financial condition. But he used all his savings and also sold his land to fulfil his dream of designing a helicopter.
According to him, the helicopter can carry two people and fly at a height of 30-50 feet above the ground. Made out of metal sheets, car seats and two SUV engines, Pawan Putra is Chandra’s idea of providing an innovative fix for a faster mode of transport in his village.
“My helicopter can fly, though not as fast as the ones in operation for civil or military duty. It can easily move at 50 kmph,” he told The Hindustan Times.
He is awaiting clearance from the concerned authorities to find out if his aircraft really works. Victor Carpenter, the district’s Deputy Commissioner, said that he wants to encourage Chandra who made a helicopter without a degree in aviation, but he also has to follow the rules. He will write to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and others who deal with such cases, to facilitate a trial for the helicopter.
The locals have also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about Chandra’s innovation. Even the local officials and officers from an army camp nearby have promised the innovator that they will come to see the trial. According to the report, Chandra tried to run the engine once, but stopped it to avoid breaking any rules.