Karnataka farmer creates unique water mill, earns praise from VVS Laxman
A farmer from a remote region of Karnataka has given a perfect example of 'Necessity is the mother of all invention.' Deprived of basic electricity, the farmer, named Siddappa designed a water mill at a nominal cost, which generates up to 150 watts of power. This caught the eye of former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman.
Laxman tweeted about Siddappa along with a picture. He wrote, "Incredible- A farmer from rural Karnataka, Siddappa has designed a water mill to generate electricity and operates it in the canal near his house. He spent just Rs. 5,000 on the construction, and gets 150 watts of power from this water mill when water flows in the canal."
He added, "The only obstacle is that canal has water for only few months in a year. He could generate electricity for the entire village if he could get a regular supply of water through the canal. Siddappa is an example of how one can bring a larger change without having enough resources."
According to local reports, the farmer got the idea to create such a device after the Hubli Electricity Supply Company Limited (HESCOM) denied electricity supply to his home due to its remote location. This motivated him to build windmills to generate electricity — a mechanism he observed from the hills of Naragund.
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