Sanitary Pad Vending Machine at Railway Stations
In order to provide comfort and to ensure easy access to sanitary napkins for women passengers, Indian Railway decided to install Sanitary Pad Vending machines at Railway stations. This vending machines named as Happy Nari Vending machines. It is an attempt to provide sanitary pads to women at an affordable price.
In May 2017, Kerala became India’s first state to install sanitary napkin vending machines, in over 60 places, proving itself to truly be one of India’s more conscious states. Details of Railway station having sanitary pad vending machine.
Maharashtra Railway Stations
- Railway installed Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine and incinerator in ladies waiting room at Gondia Station
- Railway installed Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine and Incinerator in ladies waiting room at CSMT, Mumbai
- Railway installed Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine at Badnera railway station (Bhusaval division under Central Railway)
- Western Railway’s Mumbai Central-New Delhi Rajdhani Express becomes first train on Indian Railways to have a Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine on board.The slim and sleek Vending Machine dispenses the Napkin by putting in a Rs.5 coin.
Bhubaneswar Railway Station
East Coast Railway (ECoR) on Monday (March 5th, 2018)installed an automatic sanitary napkin vending machine at Bhubaneswar railway station. The machine named ‘Happy Nari’ is installed inside the second class ladies waiting hall on platform no-1. The capacity of the machine is 75 pads, which can be refilled as per requirement, said ECoR official sources. Price of a pad is Rs 5. One can get the napkin by inserting a Rs 5 coin. The installation of the machine was done by East Coast Railway Women’s Welfare Organisation (ECoRWWO) at a cost of Rs 16,000. A trained female employee at the station, is in charge of refilling the same.
Delhi Junction and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Stations
Automatic sanitary napkin vending machines were inaugurated on Wednesday (March 5th, 2018)at Delhi Junction and Hazrat Nizamuddin railway stations, the Railway Ministry said. Buttressing campaigns for better menstrual hygiene and health, the railways recently undertook an initiative of launching eco-friendly and affordable sanitary pads produced at the exclusive production unit Dastak of Railway Womens Welfare Central Organisation, New Delhi, a statement said.
“In keeping with the program of extending accessibility of the sanitary napkins to woman passengers at major stations, the Northern Railway has now installed automatic sanitary napkin vending machines at Delhi Junction and Hazrat Nizamuddin railway stations in the national capital,” it said. Anita Chaube, president, the Northern Railway Womens Welfare Organization (NRWWO) inaugurated the vending machines at the two stations today.
These machines dispense a single pack of six pads costing Rs 22.
Pune Railway Station
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 dispenser was installed free of charge by a city-based manufacturer of sanitary napkin vending machines.
Bhopal Railway Station
Bhopal station has become the first railway station in the country to have installed Sanitary Pad Vending Machine named ‘Happy Nari’, the sanitary napkin dispensing machine was installed at platform number 1 of Bhopal railway station by the Railway Women Welfare Association of Bhopal division.The machine has a capacity of storing 75 sanitary napkins at once, which will be refilled by a female staff attendant at the waiting room who has been specially trained for it. The machine was installed near the waiting room to facilitate women passengers. They can get two napkin for just in Rs 5.
The authorities is also looking at setting up a sanitary napkin incinerator in the women’s waiting room for safe and hygienic disposal of used sanitary napkins.
Other Facility for women passengers by Railway are Brestfeeding Cabins in Railway Stations, Janani Sewa and Women Facilitation Centers by Railway