Central Railway’s Matunga station has made its official entry to the Limca Book of Records 2018 for having an all-women staff. After being run exclusively by women staffers successfully for nearly six months, now it has become official.
“We are happy to inform that six months after the CR appointed an all-woman staff at Matunga, this station has figured in the Limca Book of Records 2018,” one Railway official was quoted by Indiatimes.
With the vision of empowering women Central Railway General Manager D K Sharma had started this unique initiative. On July 2017 Mr. Sharma had appointed 34 women at the station which included a station manager, booking staff, points person, ticket checkers, RPF cops, and sweeper, among others.
Station manager Mamta Kulkarni is in the charge of supervision of all 41 staffs. Mamta was also CR’s first women stationmaster in the Mumbai division, back in 1992. She said to mid-day,”We have a unique comfort zone.”
“I have worked in the railways for nearly 30 years now and have previously been posted at Mumbai CST and Kurla. But, this idea of having an all-female staff is unique and fascinating,” she further added.
The female team also faced many challenges during their duties like drugs distribution and mischievous college students. But with the help of CR administration, they got it covered. Also, they have an all-women RPF staff to patrol the station at all hours.
Chief PRO of CR Sunil Udasi said to Indian express, “The staff has been handling all operations of the station round-the-clock for the last six months and results are positive and encouraging. The idea is to create an environment where women are encouraged to take the decision about their own personal and professional well being.”
This is really a pathbreaking move and will also serve as an example that women are not any lesser than men and they can easily manage everything a male staff can do without any help. Kudos to the initiative!