Not just tiffins, they will de­liver couri­ers, parcels too

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI -

MUM­BAI: The fa­mous 'Dab­bawalas' could soon be seen dis­patch­ing couri­ers and parcels in ad­di­tion to the cur­rent job of de­liv­er­ing tiffins in the city. Cur­rently, over 5,000 peo­ple are in­volved in the de­liv­ery of two lakh tif­fin boxes in the city.

Mum­bai Dab­bawala As­so­ci­a­tion spokesper­son Sub­hash Talekar said they are in an ad­vanced stage of fi­nal­is­ing the new project to de­liver parcels within the city. “The main aim of this project is to in­crease the in­come of our mem­bers. In free time they can opt for this as we can de­liver in short­est pos­si­ble time as com­pared to com­pa­nies in­volved in this area," Talekar told PTI. He said the deal will be fi­nalised in 15 days as some small is­sues need dis­cus­sion with the mem­bers.

"We have to see whether we will be do­ing this ser­vice (couri­ers and parcels) af­ter de­liv­ery of tiffins or be­fore that as our core busi­ness is de­liv­ery of 'dab­bas'. We are also dis­cussing the rates," he said.

He said the as­so­ci­a­tion is in dis­cus­sion with a com­pany for the project. "We have al­ready im­ple­mented the plan at trial ba­sis in some parts. We have to train our peo­ple," he said adding the as­so­ci­a­tion is also de­vel­op­ing a mo­bile app for the pur­pose to trace and track the parcels.

To gen­er­ate more in­come, he said the as­so­ci­a­tion has al­ready tied up with some e-com­merce com­pa­nies to de­liver their prod­ucts and also un­der­take brand­ing and ad­ver­tis­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. The as­so­ci­a­tion hasn’t yet fi­nalised the date to kick off the app ser­vice, but named it Pa­pers and Parcels and the app will first be avail­able on an­droid. The idea was given by 12-year-old Ti­lak Mehta. The 'Dab­bawalas' pri­mar­ily use lo­cal trains and bi­cy­cles to de­liver tiffins, mainly in of­fices.

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