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.