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Dabbawalas permitted on the Mumbai local train

The Dabbawalas of Mumbai have now been permitted to offer tiffin services in local trains amidst the state government extending the coronavirus-induced lockdown till October 31.

Dabbawalas permitted on the Mumbai local train
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The iconic ‘Dabbawalas’ of Mumbai have now been permitted to offer tiffin services in local trains amidst the state government extending the coronavirus-induced lockdown till October 31.

The local trains which are currently ferrying people in essential services only will now ferry the famed Dabbawalas. As a result of the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, the regular flow of income has taken a hit, especially in the case of the Dabbawalas. However, ever since the plight of the famous dabbawalas came to the forefront, many people have come forward to save this indigenous business Mumbai is famous for.

However, the Dabbawalas are to procure QR codes before travelling. These QR codes will be issued by the Mumbai Police Commissioner's Office.

Since 1890, the dabbawalas have been fulfilling the hunger of almost 200,000 Mumbaikars with home-cooked food, delivering it to their workplaces. This move by the government furthermore is touted to provide some relief to the business struggling to make ends meet during these times.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the state government had extended the lockdown in Maharashtra until October 31 besides easing the restrictions as part of the Mission Begin Again initiative. In the fifth phase of the unlock, the state government has permitted hotels, restaurants, food courts and bars to resume the dine-in services from October 5 with a maximum of 50 per cent capacity.

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