Moving 5 km a day, truck with 74 tyres takes 1 yr to reach Kerala from Maharashtra
Thiruvananthapuram: It has been one year since a truck carrying a giant machinery set out from Maharashtra to the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) here. The truck that has 74 tyres in total travelled through four states moving only 5 kilometres a day. No other vehicles can pass through the road while the truck is moving. There are 32 staff to control the truck.
The truck is carrying a machine called aerospace autoclave to the VSSC. The machine weighs 70 tonnes and has a height of 7.5 meters and width of 6.65 meters. Due to its enormous size and weight, it is very hard to drive the truck through ordinary road. Following this, the truck is moving only 5 kilometers a day.
The power lines and tree branches across the road have to be chopped to enable the truck pass through the way. Police and the electricity board took effort to clear the way for the truck at all places. The vehicle passed the border in July first week and reached Thiruvananthapuram the other day. Within a few days, it will reach the destination.
The aerospace autoclave manufactured in Nasik is being carried to the VSSC centre in Vattiyoorkavu. The machine is used for making various equipment for the space research projects of the country. The machine will be brought to the centre in Vattiyoorkavu and commissioned by the end of this month, said VSSC authorities.