Porters & The Chennai Central

My train from Mysore was slowly heading towards the platform at the Chennai Central. I get up and reach for my luggage and before I could actually get hold of them and start heading towards the door atleast 5 porters crash inside the compartment. I somehow manage to get past them and reach the door. Here, I am not allowed to get out. Squarms of porters all crowding the door in the platform below. And these porters have a way of finding out who is new to the city and who is not. There was this couple and 2 children next to me, they grabbed their luggage and said ‘Sir, Polam’. He had no option but to follow them. This attitude of the porters tend to leave a bad impression of people coming into the city for the first time. Can’t they also be a little organised, may be something like the pre-paid which they have for the auto rickshaws? From whatever I know they are controlled by a very strong union called the SRMU (Southern Railway Mazdoor Union) and any action against them will result in the hampering of the entire train services. Can someone throw more light on this?

1 Comment so far

  1. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on September 4th, 2006 @ 12:46 pm

    In their favour, it can be said that they do work hard for their money — unlike the airport guys who think that pushing a trolley for two minutes is something worth being paid for.

    Against — the amount that they charge is absurd.

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