Central Railway Current Affairs
Mumbai’s Matunga station on Central Railway (CR) has entered the Limca Book of Records as first all-women station in India. The station has total staff of 41 women.
The unique initiative to employ all woman staff was undertaken by CR General Manager DK Sharma in July 2017 with aim of empowering women. It also aims to create an environment for women where they can make all decisions of their own for their personal and professional well-being, organisation good notwithstanding.
Women staffers were posted across all departments, including for commercial and operations ticket checking, Railway Protection Force, announcers and conservancy staffers. Even it includes five-point persons, totalling 41, under charge of Station Manager Mamta Kulkarni who holds distinction of becoming first woman assistant station manager to be recruited by CR’s Mumbai Division in 1992.
In 1988, Indian Railways’ Mumbai region set new records in women’s empowerment with Surekha Bhosale-Yadav becoming first woman train driver on CR. In 1992, world’s first ‘Ladies Special’ suburban train introduced on Western Railway.
Indian Railways is going to introduce 100 additional local train services on its Mumbai suburban network of Western Railway and Central Railway zones.
Out of these 100 services, 32 new services will be introduced on Western Railway while 68 services will be introduced on Central Railway, giving major boost to suburban rail services in Mumbai area.
With these additional services, total suburban services in Mumbai will increase from existing 2983 services to 3083 suburban services. It will benefit around 77 lakh commuters travelling daily over Mumbai suburban network by providing faster commute and reducing congestion.
Western Railway: In all, 32 new services will be introduced in Western Railway. 17 services will be introduced in ‘up’ direction and 15 services will be introduced in ‘down’ direction from 1 October, 2017. Western Railway presently runs 1323 sub-urban services. After addition of these services, total sub-urban services on Western Railway will reach upto 1355.
Central Railway: In all, 68 services will be introduced in Central Railway. 14 suburban services will be introduced on ‘harbour line’, 14 suburban services on ‘trans-harbour line’ from 2 October, 2017. 16 suburban services will be introduced on ‘main line’ from 1 November, 2017.
24 suburban services will be introduced on ‘harbour’ and ‘trans-harbour lines’ from 31 January, 2018. Presently, Central Railway runs 1660 sub-urban services. With addition of these new services, total sub-urban services on Central Railway will reach upto 1728.