Good news for women of Nagpur! On Women’s Day, Nagpur’s Ajni railway station will become India's third all-women station.
After Matunga in Mumbai and Gandhinagar in Jaipur, Ajni will be the third. It is a satellite station of Nagpur, which falls under the Nagpur division of Central Railway.
The first ever women-only railway station, Matunga was inaugurated on January 8. It also made its place it the Limca Book of Records. The station is now managed by staff of 41 ladies.
This test was later reiterated on February 20, where 28 women took charge of Jaipur's Gandhinagar station.
Ajni railway station will have 22 women managing the station. Out of the 22 women strong staff, 1 will be the station manager, 6 will serve as commercial clerks, 4 to be the ticket checkers, 4 luggage porters, 4 cleanliness staff and 3 will be Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel.
The Central Railway also announced a special train, Nagpur-Bhusawal Express with an all-woman crew including loco pilots, ticket checkers, and guard. The announcement which was made on Tuesday informed that the women staff will board from Nagpur and alight at Amla.
With the aim of empowering women, this one of its kind initiative was taken by general manager DK Sharma in July 2017. This indicative was later joint by, the divisional railway manager (DRM) Brijesh Kumar Gupta.
“Ajni will no more be a male bastion. It is a big move to empower women. Ajni was chosen as there is a lot of public interaction at the station. It will be a permanent posting for the 22 women," Gupta tolad TOI.
The senior divisional railway manager KK Mishra,(SrDCM) along with ACM SG Rao took this indicative to implement. They also informed that the 22 women will be working under station manager Madhuri Chowdhary. 14 out of the 22 staff members bebong to the commercial division.
DRM Gupta will formally hand over the station to the new staff on Thursday morning ,in the presence of the Women Social Service Committee (WSSC) members.
Ajni railway station is one of the busiest stations in the city with the daily footfall of 6,100 passengers. The station also holds a promising future with the station being developed as a satellite terminus.
Information Source: TOI
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