An eco-friendly vending cart – with provisions for waste disposal and solar power generation – built by students of Jamia Millia Islamia were one of the six entries selected out of 114 to be presented at Festival of Innovations at Rashtrapati Bhavan which took place from 12th – 19th March 2016 in New Delhi.
The project, which is still waiting to be patented by the university, was developed by three students studying architecture – Huma Pervez, Faiza Jamal and Faraz Khan.
“The product named ‘Innokart’ is an economical food vending cart that provides proper storage, shelter and hygiene. The cart promises to transform street food selling in India for the better,” said Mini S Thomas, Honorary Director, Jamia’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
She added, “Besides the storage drawers, the cart has two sections for waste disposal-for dry and wet waste each. The top panel has been kept free for advertisements while there is a plan to set up solar panel on the rooftop.”
The university is now planning to test the cart in its premises and then work on its commercial viability.
“For now, the cart will be used by our canteen people for selling food in streets inside the university campus. We will then see if there are any flaws that need to me removed and further work on its commercial viability.”