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Women staff members man Mira Road ticket counter

Mansi Kadam, 31, has been working at the Mira Road Railway station ticket counter for last three years but Tuesday was different.

mumbai Updated: Mar 09, 2011 01:55 IST
Pooja Domadia

Mansi Kadam, 31, has been working at the Mira Road Railway station ticket counter for last three years but Tuesday was different.

She had only women employees working with her at the counter. “It was the first time we women worked together on Women’s Day,” said Kadam.

The ticket counters at Mira Road are the first on the Western Railway and third on Mumbai suburban to be operated by women.

The Western Railway had announced that two ticketing counters at Mira road station -- Passenger Reservation Centre for long-distance passengers and unreserved ticketing system for suburban trains -- will be handled by women only on International Women’s Day.

The women employees worked in shifts between 6am and 10pm on Tuesday.

There are five women employees at both ticketing counters, said a WR official.

The station superintendent at Mira Road is also a woman and in-charge of ensuring that the schedule of trains arriving and departing at the station remains clean and unaffected.

“This is for the first time that WR has come up with such initiative for women,” said Sharat Chandrayan, chief PRO, Western Railway.

The Central Railway has two stations, Dombivli (since 1999) and Byculla (since 2002), dedicated to women employees and 2002 respectively.

“We feel good working together. We understand each other’s problems and so find it easy to work,” said Tanushree Saha, enquiry-cum-reservation supervisor, Byculla ticketing counter. Saha has been working with the railways for 17 years – two-and-half years at Byculla ticketing counter.

General manager Kul Bhushan felicitated women employees who have marked an achievement in their careers. A short film on various roles of women in railways was also screened at Churchgate and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.