As temperatures soar across the country, people are starting to show up Innovative solutions to keep heat away. In Delhi, Mahendra Kumar, a motorist, has found a new solution to protect himself and his passengers from the sweltering heat.
Kumar grew a small kitchen garden on the roof of his car. The park and passengers protect it from direct sunlight, and it also reduces the temperature inside the car.
Kumar implemented this innovative idea for the first time in 2020. While talking to him Reuters About the motivation behind the relocated garden, he said, “I thought this would provide a cooling effect during the summer, which is why I planted plants on it.” He added, “People loved it and told me they feel good. Now people often take pictures and record videos of me and my car.”
To date, Kumar garden contains nearly 25 species of plants, such as tomato, okra, snake gourd and spinach. To ensure that the temperature inside the car remains low, he also installed a small fan inside.
To beat India’s hot summer, an automatic rickshaw driver from New Delhi has planted a small garden on the roof of a three-wheeled rickshaw, housing no less than 25 different plants https://t.co/TCkwfaYfwV pic.twitter.com/VFVcVBCdMS
– Reuters May 10, 2022
This year, high temperatures in India broke several records. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), March 2022 was the hottest in India’s 122-year history of recorded weather.
Earlier, IMD issued a yellow warning for Delhi, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jharkhand from April 29 to May 1, 2022, as the temperature exceeded 40 degrees Celsius. The Yellow Alert has been issued by the IMD to warn people of worsening weather conditions that could have a negative impact on an individual’s well-being.