An all-women crew operated the 68037 Ranchi-Lohardaga-Tori Memu passenger train on Friday, in order to mark International Women’s Day which was celebrated on the 8th of March, Wednesday around the globe.
As Women’s day was celebrated on the same day as the Hindu festival of colours Holi, the train was scheduled to run on Friday the 9th of March as per the statement given by the official from the railways.
Ranchi All Women Crew Operates Passenger Train
Nishant Kumar the CPRO, Chief Public Relations Officer of the Ranchi railway division told PTI, “The occasion was completely dedicated to women. The train was flagged off by a woman officer, and it is being manned by a complete women crew.” The women officer who flagged off the train was senior divisional operation manager, Shreya Singh from Ranchi Railway station at around 8.55 am on Friday.
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Senior divisional operation manager, Shreya Singh said, “This operation by women for a day is merely an example that women can manage the entire train operations, as well as women, can lead the country from the front,”. The all-women team consisted of a train manager, loco-pilot, assistant loco-pilot, six members of the railway protection force that to all with all women constables (RPF), and five ticket collectors.
Another senior official of the division said “The department wants to send out a message that the women employees of Ranchi railway division are just as equally able and capable to excel in every sphere of the functioning of Indian Railways as their male counterparts”. As well as the booking windows being managed by women clerks, 25 RPF women constables have replaced their counterparts at various points at the station just as the entry, platforms, exits, grievance redressal kiosks as well as baggage checks. All these deployments were made for an 8 hours shift, which begins at 6 am.
In the journey of 2.35 hours, the train carrying numerous passengers will travel a total of 110 km from Ranchi to Tori covering about 14 stoppages and returning back. The loco pilot of the train Dipali Amrit said, “It’s a very proud moment for us. We are executing our operation of the day that too keeping in mind the safety and security of all the passengers on the train. We women, are there in every important department of the railways this present day,”