Matunga becomes India’s first railway station run by women

Central Railway has appointed all women staff at suburban Matunga station. Matunga station has thus become country’s first women special station. Women are manning this station on the Central Railway since last two weeks. A total of 30 women staffers, including 11 booking clerks, five RPF personnel, seven ticket checkers are working under the supervision of station manager Mamta Kulkarni since last two weeks.

A formal event to mark all women railway station will be held soon, he said. The staff has been handling overall operations of the railway station round the clock. “Our experience has been very smooth or say some what magical. In my career spanning 25 years with the Railways I never thought of working with all women staff,” said Kulkarni, who holds the credit of becoming first station master in Mumbai division when she joined Central Railway in 1992.

We are working like a family and with a sense of responsibility and cooperation, adding, initially we faced a few problems but now we are taking them in our stride as part of job responsibility. For instance points person Kirti Kothari, who never attended accident cases, has now learnt how to deal with run over cases. Even women ticket checkers deployed at Matunga station have learnt how to deal with male passengers while discharging their duties.

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