Drones make Gujarat kid crorepati!

Gujarat: A 14-year-old boy came to lime light during Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit on Thursday. Harshwardhan Zala bagged the deal worth Rs 5 crore for production of a drone designed by him.

According to the media reports, the boy, signed a deal with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Gujarat, to facilitate production of the drones that help detect and defuse land mines on war fields.

The 10th class student, started working on the prototype of the landmine-detecting drone in 2016 and created a business plan too.  "The inspiration struck when I was watching television and learned that a large number of soldiers succumb to injuries sustained due to landmine blasts while defusing them manually," said the 14-year-old, who spent not less than Rs 5 lakh on the three prototypes of the drone. While the teen's parents shelled out approximately Rs 2 lakh for the first two prototypes, he was granted Rs 3 lakh from the state for the third prototype.

"The drone has been equipped with infrared, RGB sensor and thermal meter along with a 21-megapixel camera with a mechanical shutter that can take high resolution pictures as well," the 14 year old explained.

"The drone also carries a bomb weighing 50 gram that can be used to destroy the landmine," he added. Reportedly Zala has already registered for a patent and set up his own company named as 'Aerobotics'.

Agencies