The Hush Post| 1:03 pm|one-minute-read|
Jugaad in the times of Corona Virus. A story of frugal innovation has come to light from Uttar Pradesh’s Chandauli district – bordering Bihar – where a group of three workers from Delhi who live in Bihar’s Madhubani rigged an old scooter’s engine to a pushcart to make their 1,200-km long journey from national capital to their home easy.
Last night, when these men – Lalu Mahto , Gore Lal Mahto and one of their family members – were on a highway in Chandauli – about 330 km from Lucknow – they were given food by district adminstration, passes by UP cops to continue their journey unhindered.
They decided to leave the national capital on Tuesday, the cops were told, as they had no food and money after interstate buses were cancelled. Borders were closed and a national lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi over COVID-19.
In the clips, shot on mobile phones, policemen are seen asking men if they wanted to rest for some time after the 800-km journey. “No we are not tired. We just want to carry on. Please could you let us pass,” one of the men is heard telling a policeman.
“Whatever money we had, we have finished. There was no other way (to travel). So we decided to decided to use this makeshift vehicle. We will finish the journey in three days, perhaps four…. but we will reach,” Lalu Mahto later told reporters.