Delhi has got its own ladies special. Women commuting between Delhi and its neighbouring towns every day for work or studies will now have a safe and fast mode of transport -- exclusively for them.
The new suburban train service between New Delhi and Palwal in Haryana will run twice every day, except Sunday.
Guarded and managed by only women officers of the Railway Protection Force and Northern Railway, the train is out of bounds for men.
Starting with Palwal as a pilot project, these Ladies Only trains will run from Sonepat, Panipat, Ghaziabad and Aligarh soon, said Railway Minister Mamata Bannerjee.
The minister on Wednesday flagged off the train at New Delhi railway station and called it a Rakshabandhan gift to Delhi's women.
"We have decided to run more such trains and connect all the neighbourhood towns of Delhi," Bannerjee said. "Working women and students across Delhi can now rely on this mode of transport."
The timings of the trains are designed to catch the rush-hour crowd. Starting at 8.25 a.m. in Palwal, it will reach New Delhi at 9.50 p.m.
In the evening, the same train will leave New Delhi at 5.50 p.m. and reach Palwal at 7.25 p.m.
With Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit present at the function, Bannerjee also assured that she would look into the matter of the almost-defunct Ring Railway in the Capital.
Apart from Ladies Only trains, there are special Superfast Parcel trains between Delhi's Tughlakabad and major metro cities.
The minister's dream project, the super-superfast Duronto train connecting Delhi and Sealdah in Kolkata is ready to launch. "It will be faster and cheaper than the Rajdhani expresses," she said.
A similar Ladies Only special between Mumbai's CS Terminus and Panvel was also unveiled from New Delhi via remote control by Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.