- Western Railway now says it is ready to allow
local trainservices for women and is waiting for the central government’s response on the same.
- The Maharashtra government on Friday announced it has allowed all women to commute by
local trainsat certain hours, starting from October 17.
- However, later on Friday evening, the Western Railway (WR) and Central Railway (CR) refused to oblige
After refusing Maharashtra government’s request to allow local train services for women, the Western Railway now
says it is ready and is waiting for the central government’s response on the same.
The Maharashtra government is likely to
announce standard operating procedures (SOP) to allow women commuters to travel this week.
“Maharashtra govt requested us on Oct 16 to allow local trains services for women, from 11 am to 3 pm & from 7 pm till end of services for the day. We wrote them back & asked them to assess the quantum of passengers & asked them to jointly decide the modalities,”
Sumit Thakur, CPRO of Western Railway said.
The Maharashtra government on Friday announced it has allowed all women to commute by local trains at certain hours, starting from October 17.However, later on Friday evening, the Western Railway (WR) and Central Railway (CR) refused to oblige without getting the green signal from the Railway Board, and working out the necessary modalities to permit women commuters.
In a letter to the General Managers of Western Railway and Central Railway, the state government said all women must be permitted to travel by local trains from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and from 7 p.m. till the last service.
“We talked to them yesterday too. Railway is ready. WesternRailways has extended its services to 700 trains, including 2 ladies’ special. Central Railways also extended its services to 706. State government is yet to convey their modalities to us,” Thakur
said on October 19.
Western Railway CPRO said railways have to ensure that there is no overcrowding at stations and the passengers don’t face any problem. Western Railway is awaiting government response on the matter
In Maharashtra, women comprise around 40% of the total 85 lakh commuters and the move would help lakhs of women office-goers in the government and private sector, academics and other sectors who need to travel by the
Presently, the women are compelled to spend around 4-5 hours daily only commuting by roads from distant suburbs.
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