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Gandhi Nagar in Jaipur becomes the country’s first all-woman managed railway station

The Gandhi Nagar railway station in Jaipur, on Monday became the country’s first major railway station to be fully-managed by women

jaipur Updated: Feb 19, 2018 22:23 IST
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A railway employee shows a green flag to a train at the Gandhi Nagar railway station in Jaipur on Monday. (HT Photo.)

The Gandhi Nagar railway station in Jaipur, on Monday became the country’s first major railway station to be fully-managed by women, officials of the North Western Railway Zone said.

“This is a step towards empowering women to show that they too are capable of independently handling a major railway station,” said North Western Railway Zone general manager TP Singh, who inaugurated the station.

Gandhi Nagar is important railway station in Jaipur situated on the Jaipur-Delhi rail route with more than 50 trains passing through the station out of which 25 halting at the station.

The station has footfall of more than 7,000 passengers every day.

Tarun Jain, chief public relation officer of the zone, said the initiative of an all-woman railway station in the North Western Railway zone, was conceptualized by general manager Singh and divisional railway manager Saumya Mathur and other railway officials made efforts to make it a reality.

“The all-woman managed railway station, will set an example for women across the country that they can independently handle a major railway station,” she said.

Women staff has appointed in different posts, including points-women (who change the tracks), station manager, chief reservation supervisor, assistant reservation supervisor, inquiry counter and reservation clerk, ticket checker and at the station, Jain said.

There is 40 women staff at the station besides women personnel of the railway protection force have been deployed at the station, he said.

Being an all-woman railway station, sanitary napkin vending machine has also been installed at the station along with the ones installed at stations, including Ajmer, Udaipur, Abu Road, Bikaner and Sadulpur, Jain said.

On the first day, ticket collectors at the railway station Apoorva Varshney and Vandana Sharma, caught a person without a platform ticket and imposed a fine.

Station master Angel Stella said “I joined the Indian Railways a year back and now I have been transferred to Gandhi Nagar station in Jaipur from Phulera Junction.”

On whether she will feel easy to handle women rather than men, she said, “It is not a big deal to handle men or women.”

Jain further aid that the women employees have been given special training to independently discharge their duties with confidence and CCTV cameras have been installed for their security and real time monitoring will be done at the police station situated within the railway station premises.

Women staff of the station said they will make the Gandhi Nagar station in Jaipur division as the most efficient station.

First Published: Feb 19, 2018 22:22 IST