From Kerala to Maharashtra, the truck finally reached Thiruvananthapuram carrying around 70 tonnes of cargo.
A juggernaut having 74 wheels left from Nashik, Maharashtra about 10 months ago, finally reaches Thiruvananthpuram on Sunday.
The truck covered around 1700km and reached Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), the country’s premier space research institute. Usually, to cover this distance a truck reaches a maximum in 5-6 days. This giant-on wheel is so big that it even used to keep other vehicles off the road when it used to be on the road.
Above all, every district of the five states that this giant truck covered was escorted by police vehicles in a bid to guard the state-of-the-art machinery.
The journey of this truck began on September 1, 2019. The journey got extended so much due to the nation-wide lockdowns and pandemic situations all around.
Subhash Yadav, an employee of a private agency that was assigned to shift the autoclave from Nashik to VSSC said ‘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,”. Another team member said “The aftershocks of the viral outbreak were felt during the momentous journey. For instance, in Kerala, an old lady urged us to make the Covid-19 vaccine rather than send rockets to space. Many of us made the entire journey on foot. It was a challenging experience for us,”.