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Taxi cemetery to mini gardens

Taxi cemetery to mini gardens

A mass graveyard for Bangkok's flamboyantly colored taxis left idle and rotting by coronavirus curbs is coming to life with mini vegetable gardens and frog ponds set up to help feed unemployed drivers.

In an open-air car park in the west of the Thai capital, green shoots fueled by monsoon rains grow on the roofs and hoods of rows of pink and orange taxis.

Tiny green-brown frogs croak in the tropical heat on makeshift ponds made from old tires, nestled among some 200 abandoned cars.

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The site is owned by Ratchapruk Taxi Garage, which has seen most of its drivers leave Bangkok for their home villages as fares have dried up following lockdown restrictions.

Thailand has imposed strict restrictions to deal with a deadly spike in Covid cases in recent months, including a nighttime curfew.

Tourists, normally a mainstay of Bangkok's taxi business, have been reduced to almost none due to the kingdom's draconian entry rules.

Eggplants, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini and basil grown on cars – as well as frogs – will help feed unemployed drivers and employees.

And if the harvests are good, they plan to sell any surplus in local markets.

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