Mumbai is known for its incessant rains and the famous dabbawalas. But what what happens when the dabbawala service is extremely effected by the rains?
Today dabbawalas cancelled their tiffin delivery of over trwo lakh office-goers in the city, in the view of the troubled suburban local train service.
Dabbawalas, who were out in the heavy downpour for work yesterday, returned home only this morning after being stranded at railway stations.
Subhash Talekar, spokesperson of the Mumbai Dabbawala Association told, “The over 5,000 ‘dabbawalas’ who deliver around two lakh ’dabbas’ (tiffins) a day won’t be able to do so today as they returned only this morning after being stranded at railway stations,” “We will resume our services tomorrow,” he confirms.
The local trains are their mode of conveyance to ensure the lunch boxes reach their destinations on time or well within two hours.
Subhash Talekar also says that, the three railway lines, Western, Central and Harbour, link approximately 70 stations, to ensure that the lunch boxes travel from the farthest northern suburbs to the office areas in south Mumbai.
The otherwise “always on their toes” dabbawalas, take pride in their motto, ‘deliver on time’, irrespective of Mumbai’s scorching heat or heavy rains.