Now, Dab­bawalas get boost of e-cy­cles

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - STAFF RE­PORTER /

Mum­bai’s Dab­bawalas are all ready to get a boost of elec­tric­ity-run cy­cles, or sim­ply, e-cy­cles. The Dab­bawalas were given five cy­cles by Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thack­eray and Mum­bai Mayor Vish­wanath Ma­hadesh­war in an of­fi­cial func­tion held in Wil­son Gymkhana at Marine Drive on Mon­day.

Each cy­cle costs Rs 37,500 and Shiv Sena will pay Rs 25,000 for ev­ery cy­cle the as­so­ci­a­tion buys hence­forth. The e-cy­cles are spe­cially de­signed keep­ing the work­load and tif­fin ser­vices in mind.

“Once fully charged, the cy­cle will run for 100 kilo­me­ters with­out any in­ter­rup­tion. Ev­ery­day rou­tine of cy­cling takes toll on dab­bawalas and they suf­fer from con­stant knee pain. This will not be a prob­lem with the ad­vent of ecy­cles,” said Suhas Talekar, spokesper­son, Mum­bai Dab­bawala As­so­ci­a­tion (MDA).

These five e-cy­cles will func­tion and the as­so­ci­a­tion is slated to re­ceive 20 more e-cy­cles soon af­ter which it can be used in the sub­urbs as well.

Raghu­nath Medge, pres­i­dent of Mum­bai Dab­bawala As­so­ci­a­tion, said the cy­cles would be of help to se­nior mem­bers who had to cy­cle man­u­ally. “With the help of these cy­cles, one can save on some of their en­ergy which they used to oth­er­wise use in cy­cling, es­pe­cially if they are se­nior cit­i­zens,” Medge said.

Aditya Thack­eray, while speak­ing at the event, said, “One com­mu­nity which is con­stantly on their toes and with­out whom the city can­not func­tion is Dab­bawalas. And they have been cy­cling man­u­ally for years. It is time they cy­cle only as an ex­er­cise and not as labour work.”

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