The photographs of an autorickshaw in Mumbai are going viral on social media, where the driver has included several facilities in his vehicle, converting it into the “first home system” auto-rickshaw. This autorickshaw has a washbasin with handwash dispenser, hand sanitiser, mobile phone charging points, Wi-Fi, newspaper, grass mat, window garden and a desktop monitor.
Satyawan Gite, a 43-yearold resident of Mumbai, has named the vehicle “Mumbai’s first home system autorickshaw”, which is imprinted on the vehicle. Taking “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” to another level, he has kept two dustbins for dry and wet waste in his autorickshaw. Also, during the Covid-19 pandemic, people are not opting for public transport but if the auto is this well-maintained then who wouldn’t go for it! “The reason behind doing this is to provide better services to passengers,” says Satyawan, adding: “In my autorickshaw, riders can enjoy all the facilities that they have in their homes. I also don’t charge senior citizens for rides up to one kilometre.”
Actress Twinkle Khanna has also taken to Instagram to share the pictures of Satyawan’s autorickshaw and wrote, “Equipped with a window garden, washbasin and a desktop monitor, this genius Mumbai rickshaw belongs in the Jugaad Hall Of Fame.” Actor Akshay Kumar too admired his innovative rickshaw.
Asked if he has received any appreciation from the government, Satyawan answers, “I am looking forward to it and wish that the government notices my efforts and encourages others.”