Mumbai dabbawalas on way at lower parcel station in Mumbai to deliver food on 23/09/2005. (Express archive photo by Pradeep Kochrekar) The survey, conducted among 220 out of 500 dabbawalas across nine neighbourhoods of the Maharashtra capital by the Waatavaran Foundation and supported by the Sustainable Mobility Network, aimed to understand the state of the cycling infrastructure and the challenges faced by dabbawalas who use it.
“The survey has brought out facts about how Mumbai ’s iconic dabbawalas are contributing to the city’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The survey shows that 92 per cent of all the respondents use cycles as their primary mode of transport. The survey also shows the dabbawalas’ commitment to clean air and their progressive stand of urging other last-mile delivery partners to opt for bicycles. I certainly think that this survey report, a comprehensive document on the topic, will serve as reference material for the climate change committee of the Maharashtra legislature,” Assembly speaker Rahul Narwekar said Thursday while launching the report, “Mumbai Dabbawalas’ Excellent Model of Sustainable Transport”.
Narwekar said he would urge the state government and other agencies working on climate change to take note of the report and to assist the dabbawalas in their efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
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Making a strong case for clean and sustainable deliveries, 86 per cent of the dabbawalas believed that deliveries on cycles would improve air quality, while 71 per cent wanted all last-mile deliveries to take place on cycles.
“The survey results […]