PUNE: The Pune railway division authority has installed an automatic sanitary napkin dispenser at the ladies waiting room at platform number one of Pune railway junction. The machine will deliver a napkin after inserting Rs 5 coin, at any time of the day.
The idea of installing the machine was given by Divisional Railway Manager Milind Deouskar. The machine was inaugurated by Seema Deouskar, President, Women’s Social Service Committee (WSSC), Pune division, on Saturday.
Hemant Sonawane, Senior Divisional Mechanical Engineer and Krishnath Patil, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, were also present. Apart from the dispenser, an incinerator, which will destroy the soiled napkins in an eco-friendly way, has also been installed.
The dispenser was installed free of charge by a city-based manufacturer of sanitary napkin vending machines.
“Everyday, thousands of women visit Pune railway station to catch trains. There are also hundreds of women staffers working with various departments and agencies at the station. The installation of the dispenser, which is providing sanitary napkins at an economical rate, will also increase the awareness about its usage and health benefits among those belonging to weaker sections,” said Milind Deouskar.
“If we get a good response and if this experiment succeeds, we will consider installing them at stations like Kolhapur, Miraj and those in Pune suburbs, such as Shivajinagar, Akurdi, Chinchwad, Talegaon, Pimpri and Dehu Road,” said Deouskar.
The facility has been provided by Sumeet Facilities Management Services under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity. The firm will also look after maintenance and refilling of the machine.
Railway stations in Bhopal and Agra already have installed such dispensers and incinerators. Earlier this week, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had announced plans to install sanitary napkin dispensing machines at all stations and make sure that the pads are made available at affordable prices, to ease travel woes of women passengers.