Indian Railways takes another step towards women empowerment. The national transporter deployed an all-women TTE crew to cater Mumbai-Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express. The superfast train will travel between Mumbai-Ahmedabad and will cover a distance of around 492 km.
After transforming Mumbai’s Matunga Railway station and Jaipur’s Gandhi Nagar Railway station to all-women railway stations, it is quite evident that the national transporter is taking steps toward women empowerment. Now, Indian Railways has taken it another step forward. Recently, the Western division of Indian Railways deployed a TTE (travelling ticket examiners) crew of all women to work at the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express, reported TOI. The move led to a growth of 66 per cent in earnings from penalties and fines in one day, which convinced the railway supervisors to launch a pilot project.
March 8 onwards, which is celebrated as International women’s day, the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express will comprise of an all-women TTE crew. At present, the train has only two women TTEs out of 6 TTEs. The report also stated that generally women TTEs are deployed on railway platforms. At first, the idea of having an all-women TTE crew came to Western Railways senior divisional railway commissioner Aarti Singh Parihar, who said that women are honest. The earnings of the day when the trial with all-women TTE team was conducted, proves that, she told TOI.
Ved Prakash, Director (Information and Publicity) in an interview with Aaj Tak said that the move has been taken to promote women empowerment. According to the Director, a bunch of 6 women TTEs will be on duty at a time, and their working duration will around 6 hours and twenty minutes. The Mumbai-Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express will cover a distance of 492 km and will depart Mumbai Central Railway station at 6:25 am to reach Ahmedabad by 12:45 pm. In return, the train will depart Ahmedabad at 2:40 pm to reach Mumbai by 9:20 pm.
Recently, Jaipur’s Gandhi Nagar Railway station, became the first non suburban railway station to be run entirely by an all-women staff. Initially, the station will be operated by 40 women railway employees which will comprise various posts like ticket checkers, RPF, operations staff, ticket booking staff and many others. The railway employees of Gandhi Nagar Railway station also created a Whatsapp group “Sakhi”, to offer better service to railway passengers.
Also, by becoming the first suburban railway station to be entirely run by women employees, Mumbai’s Matunga suburban railway station, last month, registered its name in the Limca Book of Records 2018. Central Railways deployed 30 women employees in various positions like station manager, booking staff, TTEs, RPF cops, sweepers etc. to run the suburban station.