Climbing electric poles for the electrical linemen has always been a risky job and the use of ladders is also limited.
Sameer Mutalik Desai, who is originally from Dharwad but now works for HESCOM, Belagavi has devised a simple climbing device for which he was inspired from a video on the Internet.
The simple device cost about Rs.500 and it took Sameer 15 days to build this working prototype.
The device is used a footwear and this lowers the risk of slipping from the pole, and due to the grip it gets the same machine can be utilized for climbing trees as well.
Minister DK Shivakumar saw this device and awarded the lineman a sum of Rs.1 lakhs at the SVS.