Reducing Traffic in Pune

Cummins India employees in Pune are well aware of the congestion along Karve Road. It’s one of the main approaches to the Cummins India facilities in the city and can be jammed with cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles, motorized rickshaws and bicycles, too.

But employees didn’t just complain about the 148,000 vehicles that pass along the road each day. They put their data analysis and problem solving skills to work to make life better in Pune and their project was one of 15 winners recently announced in Cummins’ 2012 Environmental Challenge.

Bamboo Project Reshapes Rural India

Besides being the preferred dinner for pandas, bamboo is the ecologically preferable source for high-end flooring, soft towels and ...buildings stronger than steel.

Employees at Cummins Research and Technology India (CRTI) in Pune put their engineering skills to work so people in rural areas could have a lower cost alternative for building materials.

The result was an Environmental Challenge winner, receiving special recognition as the Best Technical Project.

Update: Power for Padarwadi, and Beyond

The news is good from Padarwadi, but there have been some difficult times, too.

It’s been more than two years since the tiny village in India, accessible only by foot, received a generator converted by engineers at Cummins India to run on oil from a local seed.

The generator powered a small mill to husk the rice that village residents grew so they didn’t have to make hundreds of trips to the nearest town. That town is more than seven miles away round-trip, through mountainous terrain.

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