Chandragiri becomes first ‘all women’ station in Andhra Pradesh
The South Central Railway (SCR) management on March 6, 2018 named the Chandragiri station in Guntakal Division, near Tirupati as the first ‘all-women railway station’ in Andhra Pradesh.
The transition process was done by deploying women staff to handle all the day to day activities including train operations, ticketing, security and other relevant duties.
The main aim behind the initiative is to empower the women work force in the Indian railways and develop their morale and self-confidence.
Following this, two more railway stations on the South Central Railway - Begumpet railway station in Secunderabad Division and Phirangipuram railway station in Guntur Division will become ‘all women stations’ from March 8, on the occasion of ‘International Women’s Day’.
Chandragiri railway station
Chandragiri became the first station in Andhra Pradesh to get the privileged status.
The little-known station will have women staff comprising 4 Assistant Station Masters, one booking clerk, one health worker and 2 Women at technical positions.
The station is located in Chittoor district, in the native place of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
Begumpet railway station
The railway station is one of the busiest suburban stations in Hyderabad City, in Telangana state.
The SCR is planning to deploy 8 women Commercial Clerks, 4 Enquiry Cum Reservation Clerks, 6 Constables and 1 Sub-Inspector of Railway Protection Force to handle the day to day operations at the station and provide smooth and hassle-free service to passengers.
Phirangipuram railway station
The station is located on the Guntur-Narsaraopet line in Andhra Pradesh.
The SCR plans to post a total of 11 women staff at the station including 3 Assistant Station Masters, 6 Points Women and 2 Railway Protection Force Constables.
The ‘all women stations’ will be manned by Railway Protection Force lady escorts, especially at night, to ensure enhanced security and safety of staff and passengers.
Besides these, only two other stations are run by all women staff across the country and they include Matunga station in North West Railway and Gandhinagar station near Jaipur in Central Railway.