“It was heartbreaking to see cops eat meals on the road. They are on duty even when menstruating. If doctors and nurses need these vanity vans to do their duty or for community testing, etc., I am willing to supply my vanity vans to them as well.”
Before the lockdown, Rawal would supply “around 50-60 vans (including other vendors’ vans) daily. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. Other states in India pay Rs 12,000 as tax, but in Mumbai, we pay ten times more. Ketan Rawal is also ready to give his vanity vans to doctors and nurses. Before the lockdown, Mumbai-based Ketan Rawal’s vanity vans were in business throughout the year, but with film shootings having come to a standstill, so has his fleet of 45 vehicles. We are still paying heavy taxes. All of these vans would be given out to various actors like Saif Ali Khan, Sunny Deol, Arjun Rampal, Taapsee Pannu, Kangana Ranaut, Sonakshi Sinha, Shilpa Shetty and film directors like Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Rohit Shetty.”
However, Ketan Rawal’s vanity van business, which started in 2005, came to a standstill on March 17 in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. However, he has decided to put the vanity vans to good use, with 18 vans servicing police personnel on blockade duty. Written by Komal RJ Panchal
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Published: May 10, 2020 9:02:45 pm
Ketan Rawal’s vanity van business, which started in 2005, came to a standstill on March 17 in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. We have to pay Rs 1,25,000 RTO tax yearly per vanity van, whether our business is operating or not. He said, “I am not Ratan Tata or Akshay Kumar. I thought a vanity van would make them a little more comfortable as they do their duty,” Rawal said. The cops can now use the washroom, change clothes or have lunch inside the vanity vans. I might not be able to help in a big way, but with what resources I have, I should contribute to the frontline healthcare workers. We are paying our drivers and cleaners too as we have to take care of our employees in such difficult times.”
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Rawal said, “We are losing Rs 1 lakh worth of business every day. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd The women travelled 2-3 kilometres to use washrooms at the police station. When I met some of these women officers, I came to know they drank less water so that they can avoid using the washroom often.