From Our Correspondent

Guwahati, February 18, 2018

Three airports in Northeast India at Guwahati, Agartala and Imphal have installed sanitary napkin vending machines for women recently, along with at least 15 other airports in the country.

Kolkata, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar, Port Blair, Trivandrum, Mangalore, Tirupati, Vishakhapatnam, Vadodara, Aurangabad, Rajkot, Shimla, Varanasi and Surat are the other airports also to have installed sanitary napkin vending machines inside the terminal building.  These machines are easy to operate and require only a coin of Re. 1, 5 or 10 for a pack of three.

Indor airport was the first airport to install sanitary pad vending machine in October 2017, under the leadership of the then Airport Director, Aryama Sanyal.  Sanitary napkin vending machines were installed in female restrooms of arrival hall and departure security hold area. With accompanying instruction in English and Hindi, a lady attendant is also positioned in the area to assist women passengers in operating the machine.

“Since there is no medical shop near the airport and it is impossible to move in and out from the terminal building, we started this initiative. Each facility has the capacity to stock 25 pads and the money from these machines will be utilised to maintain the stock”, a statement issued by Airport Authority of India said on Saturday, quoting Aryama Sanyal.

“Airports Authority of India (AAI) has been committed to the responsibility of enhancing its passengers’ travel experience and in providing facilities for passengers’ comfort and convenience. The installation of sanitary napkin vending machines at airports realising an imminent need of better women facilitation at airports is a testimonial to the efforts taken by AAI in this direction. The ready availability of sanitary napkins at affordable prices inside the airport terminal buildings will promote hygienic practices and will also help address the deep rooted stigma attached to menstruation.

This comes at a time Akshay Kumar-starer Padman created awareness about need of easy availability of Sanitary pads for women in the country.

Featured image courtesy: DU updates


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