With demand for taxis drying up in Thailand and 1000’s of drivers leaving city, one Bangkok cab firm has turned its autos into mini vegetable gardens, hoping to take the sting off the coronavirus crunch.
The Ratchapruek Taxi Cooperative has taken a whole bunch of automobiles off the highway previously 12 months amid a slowing financial system worsened by months of lockdown to stop the unfold of COVID-19, which has left many drivers with inadequate earnings to pay the lease on their autos.
Consequently, the co-operative grows greens on the roofs and hoods of 300 disused cabs, offering its drivers and members with meals to share whereas sending a message to the federal government to do extra to assist with the hardship.
“We mentioned amongst one another and determined to develop greens to eat as a result of there is no such thing as a use for these taxis,” mentioned Thapakorn Asawalertkul, a enterprise advisor for the corporate.
“They’ve grow to be simply metallic as they have been parking for over a 12 months now.”
Thailand has recorded greater than 1.5 million coronavirus circumstances and greater than 15,600 deaths, 99 per cent of them since April this 12 months. Simply over 21 per cent of the inhabitants has been absolutely vaccinated.
On a whole bunch of pink and orange taxis, chilis, eggplants, cucumbers and basil leaves sprout from soil contained in black plastic sheeting strengthened with bamboo or picket poles.
Kamolporn Boonnitiyong, an administrator with the corporate, mentioned although the gardens preserve folks occupied, they’re solely a brief repair.
“To a sure extent, it has helped with lessening our stress, nevertheless it is not actually the reply,” Kamolporn mentioned.