Meet Kumkum Dongre, Udita Verma, Akansha Rai: First all-women crew run goods train from Vasai Road to Vadodara

Meet Kumkum Dongre, Udita Verma, Akansha Rai: First all-women crew run goods train from Vasai Road to Vadodara

Western Railway is being hailed on the internet for breaking a really important gender stereotype. On Tuesday, an all-women crew drove a Goods train from Vasai Road in Maharashtra to Vadodara in Gujarat. A press statement was released on Twitter citing all the details. 

“An all-female crew has piloted a Goods train between Vasai Road and Vadodara on 5th January 2021 and has set an example that no job is beyond the capacity of women to perform as well as to excel,” the statement said. 

The Railway Minister, Piyush Goyal, had also taken to the microblogging site to praise the initiative. 

At the helm of it all was an MBA graduate from Indore named Akansha Rai, who is the Goods guard. She joined Mumbai’s Central division under Western Railway in this position in 2019.

 Along with her, Kumkum Suraj Dongre is Loco Pilot who joined the Railways in 2013 as an Assistant Loco Pilot.  Udita Verma is also on the crew as the Assistant Loco Pilot. Joining this position in 2016, she became the senior assistant in 2019. 

The crew was also facilitated for being the first-ever all-women crew to do so. 

Of lately, more women are being employed for heavy-duty jobs in the Railways. Many of them are even porters on the railway stations falling under the Bhavnagar division. A woman named Preeti Kumar became the first woman to drive the Mumbai suburban local trains. 

For the longest time now, driving a Goods’ train was considered to be a man’s job. With the Indian Railways breaking the glass ceiling by employing women to do the same will bring about a positive change in the patriarchal mindset prevalent in the society. 

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