Indian Railways introduced a freight train which is operated by an all-female crew. Train service began between Vasai Road in Maharastra and Vadodara in Gujarat on January 5.
The train is run by Kumkum Suraj Dongre – the locomotive driver, with Udita Verma – the locomotive assistant driver and Akansha Rai – guarding the goods, according to a statement from the Western Railway Zone.
“Very few women show up for these positions due to the grueling nature of the work of guards and locomotive pilots, which also involves traveling long distances,” said a senior railway official.
The Western Railway Zone believes the move will be a game-changer and inspire other women to take on such tough jobs on Indian railways.
According to the Zonal Railway, there are female porters at various stations in Bhavnagar Division. In addition, Preeti Kumari is the first female driver in the Western Railway Zone to operate the local Mumbai suburban trains. Now Indian women are ready to take on tough jobs and prove their abilities beyond the threshold of household chores, the Western Railways Zone added.