Mumbai's iconic dabbawalas will stop providing services from Friday due to a coronavirus outbreak. This is perhaps for the first time that the trusted food delivery cooperative will be stopping its service. As per the media reports, the services will resume from April 1.
Like the Mumbai locals, the dabbawalas are the lifeline of Mumbai and provide home-cooked meals to over 200,000 Mumbaikars at their workplaces every day.
Dressed in a white dress and traditional Gandhi topi, the dabbawalas have been providing their services since 1890.
Started by Mahadeo Havaji Bachche with over 100 men and armed with the unique coding system, the dabbawalas received a unique recognition when a 2010 study by the Harvard Business School graded it 'Six Sigma' – which means that they make fewer than 3.4 mistakes per million transactions.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Mr. Uddhav Thackeray, has urged the people of the state not to step out of their homes in order to help contain the spread of coronavirus.
Addressing the media he said that he has spoken to the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, over the coronavirus situation and he has assured all possible help.
The Maharashtra state prison is giving temporary bail to inmates accused of petty crimes to contain the spread of the virus.
According to a report, there are over 36,000 prisoners in jails across the state out of which 8,500 are convicts and serving their term and 27,500 are undertrials.
'Out of these undertrials, around 10,000 are accused of minimal crimes like pick-pocketing, mobile stealing, petty assault cases,' it was reported.