The car driver also installed two mini coolers and fans in his vehicle to beat the heat of Delhi.
While several yellow and green auto rickshaws drive on the roads of the national capital, one particular vehicle wins people’s hearts with its creative makeover. Race car driver Mahendra Kumar’s vehicle stands out thanks to its out-of-the-box innovation that has resulted in a garden on the roof of the auto rickshaw with the aim of keeping passengers cool during the city’s summer season.
The thick patch of greenery on the top of the vehicle keeps it cool even when temperatures in the city reach 45 degrees Celsius. The patch is home to more than 20 species of shrubs, crops, and flowers, attracting commuters and passersby to stop and click pictures with the ‘moving garden’. “About two years ago, I got this idea during the peak of the summer season. I thought that if I can grow some plants on the roof, my car will stay cool,” Kumar told AFP.
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If you think this is all on Kumar’s side of innovation, then wait. He has also installed two mini coolers and fans in his auto rickshaw to beat the heat of Delhi. “It’s like a natural AC (air conditioner) now. My passengers are so happy after the ride that they don’t mind paying me an extra $10-20,” said the 48-year-old driver.
As the heat wave hits many parts of the country, Kumar said he was doing his “own bit” for the environment by planting lettuce, tomatoes and millet on his auto rickshaw. While preparing the roof of the auto rickshaw for sowing, Kumar first put a mat on it, followed by a thick bag on which he sprinkled some soil. Then he got grass from the roadside and seeds from his friends and acquaintances. Within a few days, the seeds sprouted into green shoots. “I just water the plants twice a day with a bottle,” he said.
Date of first publication: 02 May 2022, 17:51 IST