Mancheri: When a truck with a transformer weighing 80 tons entered the roads in Kerala, it wasn't prepared for the unprecedented bumpy ride. The narrow roads of Kerala are posing a problem for the giant truck with 148-wheels.
The huge vehicle is made by connecting the chasis of 4 lorries to an engine and driver cabin. It has four registrations and sixteen rows of wheels, each row with eight.
The truck started its ride from Gujarat's Vadodara district on September 1st and entered Kerala after crossing the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. Once in Kerala, the truck has had to stopover at eight places including Palakkad, Mannarkadu, Punthanam and Payyanadu in Manjeri where the roads were not wide enough for the truck to pass.
Frequent turns on narrow roads are proving to be a mammoth challenge to maneuver the truck which has 15 people on board along with the driver. The group travels only in the night and rests in the morning. Workers cook food and store water in the truck itself.
Each day's journey is mapped after conducting a route survey. The stop over at Payyanadu in Manjeri was for two days. The monster truck has become a hit in social media after a few enthusiasts posted selfies with it.
The truck is delivering the transformer to the substation under Areekode Power Grid Corporation. A private agency in Kanpur is tasked with delivering the transformer.