The 63-year-old, Syed Sajjad Ahmed, has begun his extraordinary journey on November 1, 2015 in a solar-powered car designed by him.
He will travel from Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru to Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi to participate in India Internation Science Fair.
He is expected to reach his destination by the first week of December. Ahmed said:
“The solar car has been my chariot to Chennai, Kochi and Kanyakumari. Now, it will run up to 100 km every day. The Delhi trip will be a tribute to my hero Dr APJ Abdul Kalam who had inspired me to make my dream a reality.”Advertisement
From a fruit vendor to a businessman, Ahmed has come a long way.
A native of Kolar, he came to Bengaluru around 15 years ago. Gradually, he set up his own shop and repaired radio and television.
In 2002, he started making television antennas and later, made an electric two-wheeler, and three-wheeler for differently-able persons.
His passion for technology and social welfare motivated him to design the solar car which is worth Rs 1 lakh. The vehicle can run upto a speed of 30 Kmph and weighs 400 kilograms. It has four photovoltaic panels and also has a public address system.
The class 12th dropout, who lost after contesting assembly elections in May 2008, wants to spread awareness about renewable energy and popularize solar cars.
Earlier, during Anna Hazare Anti-corruption movement, Ahmed travelled approximately 1000 KM to spread the message. He also placed the poster of the movement in front of his car during the journey.
He believes that corruption pushes the poor to a further poorer stage.
Recognized for his work, Ahmed received APJ Abdul Kalam Environment Award in 2006, and also got technical support from Raman Research Institute (RRI) and Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Corporation (KREDC).
Ahmed, who will visit schools and colleges during his 1, 7400 km journey, wants to inspire youth. He says, “I want the scientific temper to spread among the youth. I also wish to spread the message of Abdul Kalam.”