India's Ahmedabad gets first all-women railway station

All-women crew at Matunga Road railway station

Besides, Matunga Road in Mumbai's busy suburban section will start its operations with an all-woman team from Thursday. Ahead of the global women's day, SCR General Manager Vinod Kumar Yadav handed over the responsibilities to a team of women on Tuesday to make Chagragiri, Guntakal division, the first such station in Andhra Pradesh, it has been reported.

Ajni a satellite station of Nagpur, falls under the Nagpur division of Central Railway Central Railway's Matunga station became the first all-woman station on January 8 and is today manned by a staff of 41.

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The stations are Begumpet and Vidaynagar Stations on Secunderabad Division, Chandragiri on Guntalkal Divison, New Guntur Railway Station on Guntur Division.

The idea for an all-woman station was first mooted by CR General Manager D.K Sharma and finally implemented in July 2017.

The preparations to convert the station into an all women station by the Hyderabad division of the South Central Railway were completed a week ago, but the official launch of the service would be on Thursday to coincide with International Women's Day.

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This is how Indian Railways, which employs 91,000 women, is carving out a new image of gender equality in its very big operations. "However, this too may not be much of an issue", said SK Jain, Division Railway Manager (DRM), CR.

A special counter will also be set up at Mumbai's CST station, where ladies will ask women commuters about their travel experiences.

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