Jugaad – Diesel irrigation pump powered vehicle

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photo credit via flickr member free spirit 1

And from jugad blog,

Visitors to Punjab and western Uttar Pradesh are intrigued by the presence of a contraption that looks like an unseemly marriage of a tractor-trolley- bullock cart with a sooty open bonnet.

As the design or the make does not match any known description or definition of a roadworthy vehicle, it lies outside the pale of transport laws. Neither registration nor licence is required to operate one.

In the eighties, mechanics in Punjab assembled a prototype to transport agriculture produce to godowns and rugged enough to negotiate uneven village tracks. They chose the ubiquitous water pump that consumed diesel by the hour, not miles, to run the contraption.

Gradually the idea caught on in western UP, where improved versions with closed bonnets and a steering were fabricated, with greater seating capacity. It is incidentally known as the Jugaad.

I suppose Wal-Mart would indeed need to invest the hundreds of millions they’re intending to do so in India as part of their entry – they might need to get those veggies to market a lot faster and a lot fresher. Filling in the potholes and building permanent roads would be a good start. Their supply chain logistics needs boggle my mind. Oh what fun it is to ride a one horse power pump, hey!

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