An all-women team, comprising two assistant station masters and one porter, will man Daltonganj railway station in East Central Railway (ECR) on Wednesday to mark the World Women’s Day.
The trio will together navigate over 100 passenger and goods trains that pass through this station located on Coal India Chord section in Jharkhand’s Palamu district.
The senior railway officials fixed Wednesday that coincides with the World Women’s Day after the women’s team successfully piloted nearly hundred trains on their own during a trial conducted on Friday.
According to railway officials, there are women assistant station masters (ASM) deployed at major stations in the country where they operate trains along with their male counterparts but they are not entrusted to work alone, or with an all-woman team.
Railway traffic inspector Arvind Kumar Sinha said, “An all-women team will pilot trains at Daltonganj station on Wednesday, probably for the first time in Jharkhand. Two ASMs Arpita Aditya and Monali Singh and porter Pushpa Kumari will completely take over the control of operating system at Daltonganj railway station and act without any male counterpart.They will give the signals for train crossinga, besides ensuring safety.”
“We have chosen World Woman’s Day to showcase their talent and efficiency in performing duties that were supposedly male preserves. The move assumes significance as women handling train movement was considered unthinkable till a few years ago,” Sinha pointed out.
Both the women officers have recently joined railways and were posted at Daltonganj this year while the porter, who had also won several awards in the past, had been serving at this station for one year. “The woman porter Pushpa had already won acclaim from Railway Board and general manager of ECR for her outstanding performance,” Sinha said.
Senior railway manager Anil Kumar Tiwary said, “They have impressed us with their dedication. They do not lag their male counterparts in any respect.”
On an average over 100 trains, including 24 passenger trains pass through the CIC section, used mainly as a freight corridor for carrying coal from CCL’s coal mines to UP, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.