All-woman Matunga railway station enters Limca Records
A pilot project to make Matunga railway station an all-woman station has now entered the Limca Book of Records.
The station on the suburban network of Central Railways has about 41 staff members -- from sweepers to announcers to ticket checkers and even the railway protection officers and station master -- who are all women.
General Manager of the Central Railways D K Sharma said, "Many students travel through Matunga railway station. These are impressionable minds and if they see how women are handling the railway station, then it will change their outlook in life a great deal."
All the women working in the station say that there was not a single time that they needed a male colleague to help them out.
"When you work with women there is a comfort zone. We understand each other's needs much better and adjust accordingly," said Mamta Kulkarni, Station Master of Matunga railway station.
"We don't have to go through the taunts that generally male colleagues pass at us," she added.
Kulkarni said that she has been told about six more women joining the station force in different departments soon.
Ticket checkers say that even if there are ticket less travellers trying to run away, they do run and catch them.
Criminal elements have been dealt with as they should be. Working in night shifts or staying at far flung locations does not deter them either.
However, Sharma said that there are several logistical issues that need to be looked into before such things are replicated at other locations.
"Safety of staff and various issues need to be looked into. We will definitely work on it," he added.