Need for speed: Dabbewalas ditch cycles for mopeds

Private firms have also entered the business of delivering dabbas, and are doing so on motorcycles, thus outstripping traditional dabbewalas

Mumbai : To cope up with the increasing pace of life in the commercial capital of the country, some of Mumbai’s dabbewalas have ditched their traditional bicycles for mopeds. At least 80 members of the dabbewalas’ union booked one moped each and paid the down payment on Sunday.

Sources in the dabbewalas’ union said that they have observed that a few non-Maharashtrians have entered the field of dabba delivery and were using motorcycles for commuting. The motorcycles gave them an advantage and they were able to deliver dabbas faster as compared to traditional dabbewalas.

However, since dabbewalas could not afford to buy motorcycles, they united together and collaborated with TVS motor company. On Sunday, there was a joint programme held TVS and dabbewala, in which the motor company said it would assist in the development of a bike that would be made keeping the specific requirements of dabbewalas in mind.

Subash Talekar, a spokesman for the dabbewalas’ union, said, “We have to change with the times. So, we have taken one step towards the same. Now, you will see dabbewalas moving around on mopeds.”

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