Mangesh Ahivale (40), who sells vada pav outside Elphinstone Road station on the Western Railway wants to help one of the victims of the stampede on September 29. This coming Saturday, Ahivale will sell the street staple at a reduced cost and donate the day’s earnings to help the family of a young man killed in the tragedy. Mayuresh Haldankar (24), a resident of BDD chawl in Worli, who worked as an office boy in Ameya cleaning agency at Masjid, died during the stampede on the staircase of Elphinstone Road station foot overbridge (FOB).
By selling vada pav from 10 am to 8 pm on Saturday at Rs 5, instead of the usual cost of Rs 10 each, Ahivale believes he can contribute his bit to the Haldankar family that lost its sole breadwinner. “I sell vada pav outside Elphinstone Road station. On the day of the incident, I was out of city and learnt about it only when I came back. I want to generate as much money as possible for the family of Mayuresh,” he said.
Mangesh said that as he managed to visit the house of only one of the victims of the stampede, which was of Haldankar, he is trying to help them. “After visiting his house in the wake of the incident, I learnt that Haldankar is the sole bread-winner of that family. His family, which includes his parents and his sister, is left to fend for themselves now. We are trying to do our bit,” Ahivale added.
“Mayuresh was heading to his office in Masjid before he was crushed to death on the bridge that witnessed the stampede. His death was due to an unusual circumstance. His family would need the financial assistance being offered. Though they have been granted Rs 5 lakh ex gratia amount, this is a noble initiative by Mangesh,” Rutesh Manjrekar, Haldankar’s friend said.
Mangesh will make his discounted sale of vada pav in front of Hotel Sarathi, near Swami Samarth Math, at Elphinstone Road.