The JUGAAD – Riding through dusty village roads

Welcome again on ghost planet.

Hi! Can you tell me the name of the cheapest Indian four wheeler vehicle? No! It is not TATA NANO. The name of this vehicle is Jugaad.

Jugaad, Jugad, Rural India

Yes, you are right. This is the Jugaad I am talking about. I went to western UP and saw this vehicle there. I inquired about this vehicle and found some facts that I want to share with all of you.


Jugaad literally means a work around, which has to be used because of lack of resources and will power. This is a Hindi term also widely used by people speaking other Indian languages, and people of Indian Origin around the word.


Jugaad costs around Rs Rs55,000 to Rs90,000. The brakes of Jugaad very often fail and one of the passengers jumps down and applies a manual wooden block as a brake. The Jugaad does not have any vehicle registration plate as they are not registered with the Regional Transport Office (RTO). Hence, they end up not paying any road tax. Usually, it can be seen carrying up to 35 people, or huge loads of cane from nearby fields to local sugar factories. The rugged precariousness of it is hard to miss. On a 10km stretch leading to the village of Gadh, I counted the number of Jugaads, most transporting people. The peak fare is Rs5 for a 15km ride, quite similar to bus fares.


So, get ready for a Jugaad ride?

Visit rural India and you will see how life goes on with a Jugaad for everything. People need Jugaad for their prime essentials like water, food, education and etc.


I wish our government could wake up to the reality of Jugaads.



~ by gizmoghost on March 25, 2008.

2 Responses to “The JUGAAD – Riding through dusty village roads”

  1. ultimate…..

  2. Hi Amit,
    I liked your post. In my blog, I have mentioned Jugaad as a mindset that is here to stay. I have used the image from your blog and provided a link to this post as acknowledgement.

    Ramesh Rao
    Consultant & Trainer
    Operational Excellence

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