The 40-year-old driver Dhananjay Charkaborty who operates the 'plant fitted' car calls it his 'Sobuj Rath' or Green Chariot.

A self-confessed plant lover, Chakraborty says his rented house was filled with potted plants and lack of his own space prevented him from maintaining a full-fledged garden.


    
His love for greenery, however reached a different level after he discovered an empty bottle of alcohol left behind in the backseat by a passenger. After a lot of pondering Chakraborty placed a money-plant in the bottle and kept it in his car. That he says began the 'greening drive' of the taxi.
    
"Initially, people made fun of me but gradually they began appreciating my work. When I saw the plant growing, I thought of creating an entire garden in my taxi," Dhananjay said.

The 'Green Lawn' or the 'Green Tray' another name coined by Chakraborty for the car, which he says took around six months to complete, was inaugurated this May 8.
    
A ceiling of artificial grass enhances the green feel of the car. The cost of creating the lawn came up to Rs 22,000, which says Chakraborty, excludes the cost of decorating the ceiling and planting saplings inside the taxi.
    
The taxi which plys from Karunamoyee to Tollygunge and vice-versa does not charge customers additional for the decoration and the extra comfort provided by the planting of trees and grass.

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