The Gandhi Nagar railway station in Jaipur, on Monday became the country’s first non-sub-urban railway station to be fully-managed by women, officials of the North Western Railway Zone said.
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.
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.
Last year, Matunga railway station in Mumbai was the first in the country to have deployed all-women staff at the station to manage all railway operations. It has now been entered in the Limca Book of Records 2018 for being manned exclusively by women staffers, a first on the Indian Railways. This initative was started to empower women and create an environment where they can make their own decisions.