Tea Seller’s Son Builds Drone To Help Local Government Fight Dengue

The future is here, for good.

Where you come from doesn’t define where you end up. If a tea vendor can become the Prime Minister of our country, anything is possible. A 17-year-old boy, Rajiv Ghosh came forward to help the Siliguri Municipal Corporation (SMC). His father sells tea at the Siliguri Railway Station and his only son will be helping north Bengal’s biggest town to take pictures of stagnant water on terraces of buildings if test runs are satisfactory.

“Soon we will have test flights of the drone and will look into the quality of the images,” said SMC mayor and MLA Asok Bhattacharya.


The boy is a Class 11 Arts student at Margaret High School in Pradhan Nagar. Ironically enough, he was interested in arts but he fell short of 2 marks in class 10. The project hasn’t been a cakewalk either.

 “My parents borrowed some money after they got convinced. A few of my neighbours, too, helped with funds. I have spent ₹1.5 lakh to make the drone,” Ghosh told HT.

He worked on the project alone and it took him 7 months. According to HT, he had heard the mayor of Siliguri saying that he was toying with the idea of using a drone to fight dengue.

“At first I was taken aback but when he demonstrated the functioning of his drone, I was really impressed with Rajiv’s talent and we decided to use it in our municipal corporation area to track mosquito larvae. We would provide him with whatever he needs,” the mayor said.

Before this, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has used drones to detect stagnant water and garbage in high rises in and around South City Mall in Kolkata and associated residential towers that are more than 30 stories high.

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