Mumbai’s Dabbawalas support bullock cart races in villages
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.