Laundry owners to introduce smart card for customersSports — By The Desk on March 30, 2011 at 11:08 AM
Times of India: Laundry service providers in the city have decided to introduce smart card for their customers in a bid to prevent cheating. The decision follows complaints from some housing societies stating that people were posing as laundry service providers to gain entry into their homes.
The Laundry Professionals Association has also raised laundry rates by Re 1 per piece for ironing from April 4. Ironing of a synthetic shirt will now cost Rs 5, while the charge for cotton shirt would be Rs 6 and for sari Rs 25. The washing rates remain unchanged.
Sudhir Dalvi, chairman of the association, said: “Instances of criminals posing as laundry service providers started affecting our business. Laundry professionals who provide home service were prohibited from entering some housing societies.”
The smart cards will be distributed to 1,200 members across the city from May 1. To get the card, each member will have to provide authentic documents regarding his profession.
The association has also identified threat from illegal laundry service providers. These illegal service providers iron clothes at their home and offer service at lower cost than professional service providers.
“Since we are charged at commercial rates for electricity and water, our business also must be protected. There are about 300 illegal laundry service providers, who use domestic electricity connections for their business. These people have not registered themselves with the government. The smart card scheme would act as identity proof for the real service provider and prevent duping of customers,” Rahul Rakshe, executive chairman of the association said.