Ambalappuzha: Mohanlal, a mechanic who runs a workshop for a living at Valanjavazhi near Ambalappuzha, has a dream. It is nothing but to show his new invention to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He has a reason for that because the inspiration for this invention is PM.
Mohanlal has invented a fishing boat engine which is cheap and fuel efficient. This is not his maiden invention. His second invention is little more updated version of his first engine. Mohanlal was honoured by the nation three times for his first invention.
The creative mechanic had opportunities to present his invention before former presidents of India APJ Abdul Kalam, Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee and also PM Modi.
In 2015, when Pranab Mukherjee was the president of India, Mohanlal got an opportunity to stay at the Rashtrapati Bhavan as part of Innovation Scholars in Residents Programme. In the two weeks-long programme, one event was attended by PM Modi. At the event, Modi after appreciating Mohanlal’s invention encouraged him to go ahead and invent more. Inspired from his words, Mohanlal designed a fishing boat engine with four propellers.
But, all what Mohanlal has after all these are few photos with presidents and shields of appreciation. His workshop has no customers which had long queues before. All he possess is a house and land which is in debt.
Matsyafed owes Mohanlal a sum of Rs 16 lakhs for making outboard engine propeller and reversible reduction gearbox for the federation.
During 1996–97, he had made outboard diesel engine. With this, he proved that the expense of fuel could be reduced to one-third of the kerosene engine. Experts at the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology and the Matsyafed had acknowledged the invention. Following that Matsyafed had bought 100 engines from him. However, it didn’t make to the market later.