Vendors unhappy with modular trolleys
Will have to shell out for each trolley, besides paying electricity bills
LUDHIANA: Vendors at the Ludhiana railway station are unhappy with the authorities' decision to introduce modular trolleys.
The railway station authorities have procured five modular trolleys and sold it to the vendors dealing in eatables. The process of replacing existing stalls with modular trolleys was initiated earlier this month. The existing food stalls are being phased out with a view to avert fire incidents at the railway station.
Though these trolleys may help in making the railway station safer and providing hot food to the passengers, the vendors are not too pleased with the move.
A vendor at the railway station who did not wish to be named said, “These modular trolleys cost Rs 50,000. Besides, the cost of operations will go up as we will have to pay electricity bills for these trolleys.”
Station Superintendent RK Sharma said, “ Vendors had signed an agreement and were given these modular trolleys on basis of that agreement. They will have to pay the electricity bills, but at the same time would save on LPG cylinders, which are growing costlier by the day.”
Besides the high cost of trolleys and monthly electricity bills, the vendors are likely to suffer losses on the account that they would not be allowed to cook at the station. One of the vendors at the railway station said it was nearly impossible to make profits in such a situation. “There are days when the sale is low and if we get cooked food from outside, we will be left with no option but to dump the left over food. This would mean incurring additional losses.”
When asked about this, RK Sharma said, “Railway authorities had imposed a ban over use of LPG cylinders on the platforms after a few fire incidents took place due to carelessness on part of the vendors.”