ISLAMABAD  - A practical demonstration of using water as a fuel to run the vehicles was held at Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) here on Tuesday.

The demonstration was given by Agha Waqar Ahmed Khan, a Khairpur-based Mechanical Engineer, who was invited by the PSF under its “Invention and Innovation Support” Programme to encourage such activities for promotion of science and technology in the country.

PSF Chairman Prof Dr Manzoor H Soomro, senior officers of PSF and some other scientific organisations were present at the demonstration.

Agha Waqar said he has developed a kit, which can be fitted with engine to run it on water as fuel and the engine needs no alteration at all.

He claimed that his device fitted vehicle will give a mileage of 40 kilometres per litre water and a bike will give mileage of 150 kilometres per litre water.

The mechanical engineer said he wanted guidance for governmental approval to manufacture the kit on commercial basis and market it to overcome the growing energy crisis in the country.

The PSF chairman requested Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) in this regard and a meeting was held at the Ministry. MoST Secretary, Akhlaq Ahmed Tarar chaired the meeting attended by the PSF chairman, officials of Commercialisation Cell of MoST, representative of Engineering Development Board, Ministry of Industries, experts from Hydrocarbon Development Institute and Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering etc.

Agha Waqar told the meeting that he is working on the project for the last two years and running vehicle on water by using the kit developed by him. He claimed that his kit bears no negative impact on the vehicle and it is safe having no risk of backfire or backlash. The meeting participants made different queries about safety standards of the vehicle and efficiency of the kit. Mr Tarar encouraged the invention and guided Mr. Waqar to file an application with Engineering Development Board (EDB) of Ministry of Industries for approval to commercialise the device.

The federal secretary also directed Pakistan Science Foundation to facilitate Waqar in filing the application with EDB.

The EDB representative told the meeting that on receiving the application the matter could be placed before Board for technical evaluation of the device.