Girl Wins IGNITE Award For Inventing Device To Curb Air Pollution

Ria Das
Nov 11, 2016 10:10 IST
Priyanka Panda - Bhubaneswar School Gir won IGNITE award

Air pollution has increased in the country over the last few years. 2016 charted the worst readings in history, with Delhi still smoggy post Diwali celebrations.


In order to curb air pollution, a schoolgirl from Bhubaneswar, Priyanka Panda, invented a one-of-its kind device that could be installed next to the odometer of a bike and would give out an alarm that would make the rider aware of the ways in which he/she is polluting the air.

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The alerts start working when the rider attempts to waste fuel or contributes to air pollution.


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Priyanka's invention won the 2016 IGNITE award from the President on November 6. Her creativity, that will let vehicle owners know about the pollution they cause, was lauded by many.

Priyanka, who is inspired by late President APJ Abdul Kalam, told PTI, “Most of the time, while travelling, people do not care to turn off the car’s engine when at the redlight or short halts. This releases harmful pollutants in the air and wastes fuel. So, I thought of ways in which this could be prevented.”


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Priyanka believes that her innovation is revolutionary and several vehicle manufacturers would be interested in buying it.

IGNITE is a national competition of original technological innovations that brings in innovative children younger than 17 years together.


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