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Indian Engineer Naveen Rabelli travels on Solar Powered Tuk-tuk from India to UK

Naveen Rabelli, a 35-year-old engineer has travelled 6200 miles on his solar-powered tuk-tuk from India to the UK

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  • Indian engineer Naveen Rabelli turns heads in the UK with his solar powered vehicle tuk-tuk
  • Rabelli travelled 6200 miles from India crossing multiple countries on his way to reach England
  • The tuk-tuk is an amazing invention for an example of low-cost vehicle powered with renewable energy

Sept 18, 2016: Indian engineer Naveen Rabelli, 35 has reached London and is stunning people at the Exhibition of ‘Low Carbon Vehicle’ in the UK. His pride and India’s proud showcase is the solar-powered tuk-tuk that he travelled on crossing about 6200 miles from India.

The Journey-

He started this bizarre adventurous journey on last February in 2015, with an initiative of raising awareness of solar-charged and electric automobiles as an option low-cost sustainable substitutive mode of transport, reported the Guardian.

He did face troubles in his race of 14,000 kilometres when his wallet and the passport were stolen in France. He hit Dover in England later than he had anticipated because of the delay due to the theft after crossing through 13 countries including Turkey, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Greece. He wishes to end his remarkable journey at the Buckingham Palace.

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Rabelli’s Struggle on the Road-

The beautifully and subtly furnished tuk-tuk is a thing of wonder indeed. It includes basic comforts stuff like a bed, a cupboard of food received from donations of people on the way, a co-passenger seat and a cooker powered by solar energy. On this journey, he had to go through a lot adjusting to a life on the wheels, bathing in the rivers and lakes and relying mostly on food donations, mentioned theindiandiaspora.com.

Rabelli said that he came up with this innovative idea while stuck in traffic with his friend in a usual busy traffic-jam of India with multiple polluting and noisy tuk-tuks around.

Low carbon vehicle. Flickr
Low carbon vehicle. Flickr

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The tuk-tuk is not only turning heads of top car makers and the participants at the exhibition in Millbrook, England; but it has gained interest of many a people from Germany and Switzerland, to use the model of the tuk-tuk in future automobiles.

The beautiful and trendy looking red and yellow tuk-tuk could also be on its way of receiving a permanent address at a famous museum in England.

– prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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Public Health England (PHE) has put forward a series of recommendations aimed at reducing the 28,000 to 36,000 deaths a year in Britain attributed to long-term exposure to polluted air.

One recommendation in the 250-page PHE report published here on Monday was for town and city councils to be given powers to implement no-idling zones to stop people leaving their car engines running while waiting outside schools, hospitals and care homes.

Another proposal would see low-emission or clean air zones to discourage the most highly polluting vehicles from entering populated areas, Xinhua news agency reported.

The report said that air pollution was the biggest environmental threat to health in Britain with strong evidence that air pollution causes the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, lung cancer and exacerbates asthma.

“The evidence is clear on the scale of harm from air pollution. It is the largest environmental risk to the public’s health in the UK,” warned the report.

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A man rides his bicycle in front of the India Gate shrouded in smog in New Delhi, Dec. 26, 2018 (Representational image). VOA

“People are exposed to outdoor air pollution in the places where they live, work and spend their leisure time. Whilst there are opportunities for individuals to reduce their personal exposure, or that of their children, these are limited,” it said.

The document said that public spaces should be redesigned so people aren’t so close to highly polluting roads by making streets wider or using green hedges to screen against pollutants. There should also be more investment in clean public transport, footpaths and cycle paths.

Professor Paul Cosford, PHE’s Medical Director, said: “Action is needed at all levels to address this unacceptable, serious and avoidable source of harm to our health. We all have a role to play in helping to make sure that the air that we, and future generations, breathe is clean air.”

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Cosford said a key challenge was the commonly held view that actions to reduce air pollution run counter to economic growth and development.

In January, the British government announced a “Clean Air Strategy” setting out plans to meet ambitious legally binding international targets to reduce emission of the five most damaging air pollutants by 2030. It will be followed by a wider Environment Bill. (IANS)