The Pink City is all set to begin its Metro journey from today. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will flag off the first phase of Jaipur Metro, reports Indiatimes.
The first phase of the Jaipur Metro, which is 9.7-km-long from Mansarover to Chandpole, will begin operations today.
Not only will this be Rajasthan’s first tryst with the Metro, but what makes Jaipur Metro system even more noteworthy is its staff selection. Six out of 24 Metro train operators, i.e. 25 per cent of Metro drivers, are women!
Working in line with the Central government’s agenda of encouraging female employment in all sectors, the Jaipur Metro authorities hired these women for operating the trains.
Monika Mittal, who operated Jaipur metro’s pre-launch run, said:
“I have always heard people say women can’t drive. By operating the Metro, I wanted to shatter that image. That was the moving force behind me applying for the job.”
Kusum Kanwar, another female Metro operator, was not even allowed to ride a two-wheeler when she was young. Now that she has been hired as a driver on the Metro, she hopes to break the stereotype.
For all these women, the major concern is punctuality, safety of the passengers and speed. They wish to do well and make everyone who gave them this opportunity proud.