Kattappana: The original autorickshaws will pale before this bonsai auto for perfection, and this vehicle is much more than a toy for siblings Madhav Krishna and Keshani Krishna. This miniature marvel, christened 'Sundhari', was made by their father Arunkumar Purushothaman and comes with 25 DC motor and 2 batteries with 12 volts.
'Sundhari', built of waste materials, weights 60 kg and has a carrying capacity of 150 kg. A thrown away dish antenna gives a sturdy look to the front portion and the base of the auto is made of metal parts of a cooking stove. The three wooden wheels have strips of rubber pasted on them and the disc brake system in a cycle is integrated into the vehicle.
The cute little auto is packed with all features such as kicker, indicators, wiper, headlight, phone, first-aid box and a music system. Arunkumar took almost eight months to build this auto, which is 3.6 ft tall, at a cost of Rs 15,000.
Arunkumar was a nursing officer at the Jipmer Hospital in Puducherry and recently joined as nurse at the Idukki District Hospital in Painavu.
He used to make miniature vehicles right from his schooldays, and got first prize at the state-level with a model of earth moving machine while studying in Class X.
As per the stipulations of Motor Vehicles Act, the miniature vehicle cannot be driven on roads as it is difficult to get registration for this bonsai auto due to many technical hurdles.