The porters at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine are using the redesigned palki which was distributed among them after its formal inauguration by the Hon’ble Governor of Jammu.

The redesign brought down the weight of the Palki from 60 kgs to 34 kgs, thus making it much lighter for the porters who carry these palanquins through the arduous terrain leading to the temple. The use of lightweight stainless steel pipes also made it durable, safer and virtually maintenance-free while allowing for a weight load of up to 150 kgs. The combination of engineering, ergonomics, ethnography and design innovation resulted in a product that can also be made locally by small scale manufacturers.





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