Indian passengers beat the heat with this rickshaw driver’s ‘roof garden’
Mahendra Kumar’s rickshaw in Delhi stands out among the traffic because of its small garden on the vehicle’s roof which protects passengers from the scorching summer heat.
Kumar claims that the thick green patch keeps the rickshaw cool even when temperature in the Indian capital reaches 45 degrees Celsius which is hot enough to melt the tar on roads. The 48 year-old driver has grown more than 20 different types of shrubs, crops, and flowers, attracting commuters who stop to take photos of the “moving garden.” “During the height of the summer season about two years ago, I had this idea. I reasoned that if I could grow some plants on the roof, it would keep my rickshaw cool and provide relief to passengers,” Kumar explained to AFP.
Kumar also added two mini coolers and fans inside the rickshaw, “It now functions as a natural air conditioner (air conditioner). My passengers are so pleased with the ride that they are willing to pay me 10-20 bucks extra,” says the father of 3.