As many as 40 women have been tasked with the responsibility of operating and managing the railway station.
JAIPUR: Jaipur’s Gandhi Nagar railway station has become the first non-suburban station in the country to be completely operated by women. From selling and checking of tickets to security, all the operations will be controlled and operated by the 40 women. Of 40, four will look after train operations, eight will do bookings, six will handle reservations, six will check tickets and make announcement, 10 will look after RPF while remaining six will take up other small work. The staff will work in three shifts of eight hours.
Neelam Jatav will be Gandhi Nagar’s first woman station superintendent (SS). The plan of all women crew was reportedly initiated by NWR’s Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) and executed by Divisional Railway Manager and other railway officials. Rajasthan Government has also supported by posting GRP and lady traffic police officials at this station.
The Gandhinagar railway station is situated on the Jaipur-Delhi rail route. Over 50 trains pass through this station on a regular basis. The station has a daily footfall of more than 7,000 passengers.
“This is a good step for Rajasthan. It would have been even better had this been started earlier. We are working in shifts. Booking and ticket cancellation continue even at night and being handled by women,” said Santosh Saini, a railway staff member.
Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal took to Twitter and said, “Gandhi Nagar Railway Station in Jaipur, Rajasthan becomes India’s first non-suburban station fully operated 24×7 by women staff, which includes station operations and Railway Protection Force. Railways is leading by an example to empower women and bring positive change in the society.”
In a tweet, the Ministry of Railways informed that the station staffs Government Railway Police (GRP) and women traffic police officials.
CCTV cameras have been installed and sanitary napkin vending machines have been set up for the convenience of the women at the all-women railway station. Though like other stations, RPF personnel are already posted at the station, in absence of scanning of baggage the task may become difficult for them to find out the suspect though the station is now equipped with CCTV cameras.
- About 50 trains pass through this railway station with stoppage of 25 trains, including the Palace on Wheels (POW) carrying the tourists has a stop here. Passengers from localities of Malviya nagar, Jagatpura, Tonk Road etc about 7,000 passengers daily use this railway station .
- The train carrying daily wage workers use this railway station to board in evening while coming in the morning. Their number is huge and what they are carrying is not scanned apart from other passengers.