News Super Search
Posting Date From:
Posting Date To:
IR Press Release:

Full Site Search
Sat Jan 20, 2018 15:34:51 ISTHomeTrainsΣChainsAtlasPNRForumGalleryNewsFAQTripsLoginFeedback
Sat Jan 20, 2018 15:34:51 IST
Advanced Search
Trains in the News    Stations in the News   
<<prev entry    next entry>>
News Entry# 287291
Dec 01 2016 (06:21)  Woman to pilot city’s first Metro run today (
back to top
Commentary/Human InterestLMRC/Lucknow Metro  -  

News Entry# 287291     
   Past Edits
This is a new feature showing past edits to this News Post.
Posted by: rdb*^  133024 news posts
Lucknow: When the Lucknow Metro first chugs down the elevated corridor on Kanpur Road for trials on Thursday, it will be a matter of pride for Lucknowites to see two women piloting the train on the priority section.
It is a conscious decision by the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) to give the opportunity to women so that they get a chance to prove their mettle before public in handling high-tech Metro trains.
"We have chosen two women operators to drive the Metro train before the CM and public for the first time.
Our women train operators are so confident and excited to drive it that they wished to take lead in the trials. They have undergone rigorous training, both at the Centre of Excellence of LMRC and hands-on training at the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation," LMRC MD Kumar Keshav told TOI.
He added that "LMRC is a progressive and coherent organization which believes in giving opportunities to both boys and girls".
With this, Lucknow will become the first city in the country where women operators will commence Metro trials.
The two women taking the lead are Pratibha and Prachi Sharma, both from Allahabad. Pratibha has done B Tech in electronics and communication engineering from SRMSCET, Bareilly while Prachi did her diploma in electrical engineering from IERT, Allahabad. Both joined LMRC as station controller-cum-train operators on June 9.
The decision is a welcome break from the tradition as train operators' job is generally considered a male preserve. There were a total of 97 vacancies for train operators' job in Lucknow Metro, for which 3,827 applications had poured in from women candidates. This is 19% of the total applications LMRC received for the job. LMRC was in for a surprise to get an overwhelming response from the state's women for heavy-duty technical jobs.
LMRC recruited a total of 21 women station controller-cum-train operators as a part of UP government's 20% horizontal reservation policy for women in government jobs. Except for Chennai, most of the other cities with metro train systems have just 1-2% women operators. Even the Delhi Metro has only three-four women operators driving trains.
Scroll to Top
Scroll to Bottom

Go to Mobile site
Disclaimer: This website has NO affiliation with the Government-run site of Indian Railways. This site does NOT claim 100% accuracy of fast-changing Rail Information. YOU are responsible for independently confirming the validity of information through other sources.