19 Jul 2020, 05:41 pm By Rohit Sindhu
A truck started from Maharashtra reaches Kerala after a year

A truck, carrying an aerospace horizontal autoclave for delivery to Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram, reached the city today a year after starting from Maharashtra. Staff say, "Started in July 2019 & travelled across 4 states. Hope the truck to deliver this today", an Engineer with truck told ANI.

The Chemo Plant deputed to transport 5 metre-diameter horizontal aerospace autoclave , 70 tonnes  which was manufactured by the private company on an extra-long truck with 64 wheels to Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram. Subash Yadav and Team set off from Nasik, Maharashtra to VSSC in Thiruvananthapuram. The autoclave was procured by VSSC for its Composites Entity at Vattiyoorkavu. They set out on September 1, 2019, he added.

The truck carrying 70 tonnes of Autoclave took 10 month rather than 7 days of expected time .It covered 1,700 kilometres in total in five states. The truck was escorted by police in order to guard the machinery. Pot –holes on road were repaired, overgrown branches of trees were removed, iron girders were installed to ensure smooth passage over bridges.

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The journey of one week took 10 months due to unpredictable outbreak of coronavirus, the lockdown from March 25 was the major reason. “Lockdown made our movement miserable. In Andhra Pradesh, our vehicle was held up for a month due to lockdown. Later, our agency had to intervene. But, still, it was a challenging task. Fortunately, engineers and mechanics were at hand in our team of 30 that accompanied the Volvo FM heavy-duty truck,” said Subhash Yadav.

“We resumed our journey after obtaining special permission, but when we entered Tamil Nadu, Covid cases were spiralling out of control in there. We need the help of local authorities like police and electricity offices to streamline traffic and avoid snapping of power lines as the truck moves. And when the Covid cases spiked, we were forced to halt at different places as local authorities refused to provide us support. We also had to face the ire of authorities in some places as we were coming from Maharashtra, where the Covid cases were high,” says, Subash Yadav.