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Buy 25 kg rice, get ISI helmet free

L N Revathy Coimbatore | Updated on January 24, 2018

Wearing of helmets by two-wheeler riders will become compulsory on July 1, and bikes of those violating the rule would be impounded by authorities immediately. Photo: M. Srinath.

This board outside MS Mani Maligai Supermarket on Kovai Road in Pollachi, about 40-odd km from Coimbatore had drawn huge crowd the last couple of days.

"Buy 25 kg of Rajbogham Ponni rice and get an ISI helmet for free” - is a notice that passers-by had not failed to notice, particularly in Tamil Nadu, where wearing helmet is being made compulsory from July 1.

This board outside MS Mani Maligai Supermarket on Kovai Road in Pollachi, about 40-odd km from Coimbatore had drawn huge crowd the last couple of days.

The board has now been withdrawn though.

“We have run out of helmet stock, not the rice” said the shop keeper, when this correspondent enquired about the offer.

Not surprising though, for in less than 48 hours the rule is going to be implemented and the violators face risk of their vehicle documents being impounded under section 206 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.

Mani Maligai incidentally operates three outlets in Pollachi. The store had initially placed order for 2,000 helmets from a supplier in Delhi. “We got the consignment for just half the quantity. It was quite unfortunate that trains from upcountry destinations were cancelled due to rains in the meanwhile and the supplier could not despatch the remaining lot immediately,” a staff at the supermarket said, when asked if the store had withdrawn the freebie

Meanwhile, there is a mad rush in select outlets that sell helmets and the price has started to sky-rocket in recent days.

Enquiries in Coimbatore and Madurai revealed that such offers were restricted to smaller towns, rather interior pockets.

A cab driver, who commutes on this route (Coimbatore – Madurai) quite frequently, said that the awareness for the “ISI” mark product is higher in cities than smaller towns. While stating thus, he did not fail to add that some of his customers visited the shop in Pollachi just to avail the offer.

“We are waiting for the load,” the shop keeper said, when asked if he will renew the offer.

While freebies have become the order of the day, this seems a timely one!

Published on June 29, 2015

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