Mum­bai’s Dab­bawalas sup­port bullock cart races in vil­lages

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amounts to ‘cru­elty’ as the body struc­ture of bul­locks is not made for run­ning.

Sub­hash Talekar, spokesper­son, MDA said, “It has been a cul­ture in vil­lages for many decades and is cel­e­brated like a fes­ti­val. Our repre- sen­ta­tives are in talks with the gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties.”

“We make the bullock run to pray for their well-be­ing. It is only in the past few decades that peo­ple started or­gan­is­ing com­pe­ti­tions,” added Vit­thal Sawant, an­other dab­bawala. The iconic toy train ser­vice to Matheran, which was halted in May 2016, will par­tially re­sume Oc­to­ber 30 on­wards.

On Sun­day, the Cen­tral Rail­way (CR) au­thor­i­ties con­ducted trials for the same be­fore de­cid­ing to run ser­vices only on the Aman Lodge to Matheran route. Ac­cord­ing to sources, the trials were smooth and the new brak­ing sys­tem worked well.

In May 2016, there were two con­se­quent cases of de­rail­ments fol­low­ing which the au­thor­i­ties de­cided to re­sume the ser­vices only after strength­en­ing the in­fra­struc­ture and rail sys­tem.

“We ran en­gine and coaches fit­ted with bet­ter and safer air brakes. As a pre­cau­tion we will op­er­ate only on this 3.5-km stretch,” said a CR of­fi­cial. The en­tire stretch from Neral to Matheran is 21-km long.

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