Jaipur’s Gandhi Nagar Is Country’s First ‘All-Women’ Railway Station
In a progressive initiative by North Western Railways, women have taken charge of the Gandhi Nagar railway station in Jaipur. On Monday (Feb 19), the women beamed with pride as they ran the show at the country’s first all-women station on the railway’s main line.
From master Angella Stella or ticket collector Vandana Sharma, all 28 employees at the station are women. These include ticket checkers, RPF personnel, operations staff and reservation and booking supervisors, North Western Railway spokesperson Tarun Jain said, DD News reported.
The initiative promotes women’s empowerment in Rajasthan
“The Gandhinagar railway station in the Pink city links major train routes, including Jaipur-Delhi. Around 50 trains pass through the station, of which 25 make a halt for 7,000 passengers at this station every day,” Jain added.
“All employees working at this station have been trained to fit into their daily jobs. The station even has the basic facilities for women employees, including CCTV cameras and sanitary napkin vending machines. These were installed before handing it over to the staff,”- Tarun Jain
“Women have always proved that they are equal to men. Thus, it is a pleasure for me to announce Gandhi Nagar as the first railway station of the country. It is a challenging job and I hope all women employees deployed here will meet the expectations of the passengers,” said TP Singh, general manager, NWR while talking to TOI.
“Matunga railway station of Mumbai is also managed by women and it is in the sub-urban category while our station is first in the main line category,” he added.
Master Angela Stella is celebrating her one year anniversary with the Indian railways. Excited with the new responsibility, Stella said, “I have never thought I would be handling a station which would be all-women within one year of my job. I will abide by all the safety norms and apply standard operating practice while working.”
Interestingly, for the commuters as well, this initiative seems fruitful. Numerous students and women come to colleges and coaching centres near the railway station daily due to which they use the station for commuting. With a women-only staff, the railway station assures comfort and safety for women travelling and will also provide jobs for the women in the area.