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Punjab carpenter crafts eco-friendly bicycles from wood during lockdown, gets orders from Canada

Punjab man builds bicycle from wood, gets orders from Canada | Photo Credit: Representative Image

The coronavirus pandemic has a lot of damage to every facet of society and business. But it has also taught people around the world to be self-reliable. Every since the virus broke out earlier this year, millions lost their livelihood and resorted to alternate modes of income.

While many struggled to make ends meet, some started exploring their creativity with the most basic things that are available in any household. Eight months into the global pandemic and many individuals have taken their creative abilities to new heights in a bid to stay afloat amid this health crisis.

One of them is Dhani Ram Saggu of Punjab’s Zirapkpur, who has set a great example for those who are striving to become ‘Atmanirbhar’.

The 40-year-old lost his job after the nation-wide lockdown was imposed in March. But his dwindling financial condition didn’t deter him from ideating and innovating at home.

He created an eco-friendly wooden bicycle that received several orders from Indians and also people in Canada, reported The Better India.

Dhani Ram said the started working on the bicycle in April and was able to complete it after two failed attempts. The eco-friendly cycle, that was built using plywood, an electric saw, and a spanner is being sold for Rs 15,000.

“I am a carpenter. Usually, I would get orders to build cupboards, doors, shelves, and sometimes I would repair broken fittings for residents in the area. With construction put in a full halt, and with no means of livelihood, I wanted to keep myself occupied, learn new skills, and build something different. But, my creativity was constrained to the raw materials available at home – plywood, tools, and old cycles,” Dhani Ram told The Better India.

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