Sucheta Dalal :No takers for indigenous gravity-ba<x>sed rapid transport system
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No takers for indigenous gravity-based rapid transport system  

November 7, 2009


Rajaram Bojji’s breakthrough in gravity can help India and the world save a huge quantity of energy consumed for transportation services. To get this patented gravity technology, all that Mr Bojji is waiting for is a corporate or governmental nod to take the first step forward and a small amount of Rs 25 crore to develop the prototype.
Mr Bojii holds several patents and is the former managing director of Konkan Railway. This gravity-based technology involves conversion of potential or stored energy like gravity into kinetic or moving energy to facilitate transportation. As per one of Mr Bojji’s presentations, using this approach, transportation is possible at a speed of 210 km per hour through rail from city to city. Gravity can transport cargo from any point to any other point at 60 metres per hour.
Mr Bojji holds the patent for this unique gravity-based technology to be used for rail, road and aircraft landing. However, he is keen to introduce this on the Indian Railways. He believes the implications of this technology on the rail system would be tremendous. It can help save more than 50% of the energy consumed in transportation, keeping all factors in mind.
“It is mindboggling to think that you can run the entire railway without any locomotive. The traffic and goods will be moving by itself. However, you will find a number of gravity power towers, at distances of around half a kilometre each,” said Mr Bojji.
In order to introduce the new technology on the rail system, the locomotives or traction motors need to be replaced with a set of flywheel storage, battery pack and electromagnetic couplers, all driven by Gravity Power Towers (GPTs).
However, this can be possible only when the first step of developing a prototype is taken. Mr Bojji had filed for the international patent for this gravity-based technology in July last year. Since then, he has been trying his best to get India Inc and the Indian government interested in the project.
“My project needs cooperation both from the corporate world and the government. Both alone by themselves cannot help make the project happen,” he added.
While Mr Bojji has written to Congress head Sonia Gandhi, through email, he has also been writing to various corporate firms.
“There is a certain sense of reluctance or fear to try anything new that involves risks. People are very comfortable with tried and approved foreign technologies. The corporate world is still not ready to take technological risks. It is however technology that helps with better returns. What I believe is that they are unable of assessing technology risks; they are capable of assessing financial risks,” said Mr Bojji on the reluctance of various corporate firms to adopt this new technology.
Mr Bojji feels if the Indian government takes the initial steps through a pilot project for testing the technology, corporate firms may also start showing interest.
He has posted his knowledge on using gravity to power transport all over the Internet. “I have done this, so that this attracts attention from someone and that someone’s greed drives the project forward,” he added.
Mr Bojji is confident that he will be able to complete the pilot project within a span of 18 months.
– Amritha Pillay
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-- Sucheta Dalal