The dabbawalas of Mumbai have become not only well known in the city but around the globe for their productivity at work. They have been a part of the city’s life for over a century and keeps on conveying hot home-prepared lunch to millions in the city consistently.
Their tiffin delivery framework is productive to such an extent that in 2010 the Harvard Business School evaluated their framework as “Six Sigma,” which implies the dabbawalas commit under 3.4 errors per million exchanges. While they convey happiness in the lives of millions, for a large portion of the dabbawalas, life has been a battle.
For most of them, owning a house is as yet an unachievable dream, on account of the high property rates and low space in the city of dreams. Presently, that is going to change as the Maharashtra government has chosen to construct houses for them. The houses will be constructed under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).
The decision was taken during a gathering that was led by Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar. He additionally asked to construct Mumbai Dabbawala Bhavan in the city.
The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana or PMAY plan under which the houses are being built to be given to the dabbawalas was launched in 2015 with the purpose of giving shelter to all in urban regions by the year 2022. Labour Minister Dilip Walse-Patil and different offices secretaries, including MHADA (Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority) Vice President Milind Mhaiskar, were additionally present in the gathering, which was likewise attended by the group of Mumbai’s dabbawalas.
To get their own minimal cost houses has been a long-standing dream of the dabbawalas.
“It is great news. We express gratitude toward Ajit Dada for taking such a decision. It will be great for the dabbawalas. We respect this decision,” Subhash Talekar, services head of Mumbai Dabbawala Association, said.
There are around 5,000 lunchbox bearers in the city, which charges around Rs 1000 every month from a client to get and convey home-prepared dinners at their workplaces. The service, which started during 1890, is yet flourishing, regardless of an ever-expanding rivalry from food delivery applications.
A massive number of dabbawalas originate from the Varkari community of Maharashtra. The dabbawalas created a color code system to figures out where the container is picked up, arranged, and conveyed. Once picked from home, the Dabba experiences six dabbawalas before it arrives at the customer. A similar guideline applies for its return trip of the empty Dabba’s.