Pune: The demand for new and light-weight baggage trolleys by the porters at the Pune railway junction will finally be fulfilled as the Pune Railway Division has introduced 30 new trolleys for passengers on Friday.
According to officials of the Pune division, these trolleys are light-weight and easy to handle by the ‘sahayaks.’ “The new trolleys are manufactured with the stainless steel body and it is easy to carry heavy luggage with it. Many passengers arrive at Pune junction with heavy luggage and the ‘sahayaks’ carry it on old trolleys. These new trolleys have rubber wheels which can easily move. With these trolleys, the porters’ job will be easier,” said Manoj Jhawar, spokesperson of Pune Railway Division. The other stations will get these trolleys after a few months.
“The trolleys are kept near the office of the deputy station superintendent on platform number one. When the passenger requires the trolleys, the ‘shahayk’ will get it from the deputy station superintendent’s office. Each platform at the station has ramps which can be used for the trolley,”
The passengers expressed happiness about the new initiative. “Sometimes we have to carry heavy luggage and it is not easy to carry from one platform to other. These trolleys are not like older trolleys that were difficult to handle by the porters. The railway should provide more trolleys at Pune junction because lakhs of passengers travel every day,” said Ramesh Kumar, who hails from Patna.
“In future, there will be new trolleys like the ones at the airport, which can be used by passengers and some of the railway divisions have already introduced it. We are hoping that in the next phase we get self-handled trolleys,” said the senior officer.