• A room measuring 8x10 feet will be called Hirkani Kaksh, where mothers can breastfeed their babies
In a welcome gesture, the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) is going to set up special breastfeeding rooms at all bus stations in the state, in phases.
The rooms, called 'Hirkani Kaksh,' will cater to needs of mothers who need privacy for feeding their babies. According to sources, a decision in this regard was recently taken at a meeting of the MSRTC directors and members chaired by chairman Jeevan Gore.
The decision will be implemented in a phased manner and in the first phase all central bus stands at every district places will be covered, followed by tehsils.
A room measuring 8x10 feet will be named after the legendry Hirkani, who lived in the Western ghats over 400 years ago and who, according to folklore, did the impossible by crossing the most difficult 'Durgam' (vertical drop) of the Raigad Fort, which even the greatest of Mahaveeras couldn't cross. She did this on a dark night on getting accidently locked inside the fort and was desperate to get to her hungry baby.
No other person, except women with their babies, will be allowed to go inside the rooms, sources said. Pictures of babies will be pasted on outer walls, for the convenience of illiterate women from rural or tribal areas so that they can locate the rooms.
In urban, semi-urban and metro areas, boards in Marathi - 'Hirkani Kaksh' - will be displayed. The facility will be made available free of cost. The room will be preferably located near the control room at every CBS and the work of searching the suitable place will begin soon after formal letters are received by the local CBS authorities, added the sources.