Ven­dors un­happy with mod­u­lar trol­leys

Will have to shell out for each trol­ley, be­sides pay­ing elec­tric­ity bills

HT Ludhiana Live - - City - Hemdeep Kaur ludhlivedesk@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

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.”

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