The metro or subway is one of the common public transport systems in several major cities around the world. Due to the convenience of time and speed, most office goers or daily workers travel in it to reach their workplaces. Since most of the people use the metro trains to reach to their workplace, traveling during the peak hours is often cumbersome. Those traveling in Delhi metro daily will better understand this. No wonder, because of this, authorities in certain countries employ professional pushers to push people inside the crowded trains.
Yes, you read that right, authorities in certain cities in countries like Japan, China, US, and France use such professional pushers, or also known as Oshiya, to push people in the crowded trains to ensure no one feels left out.
The job of an Oshiya or a pusher is to ensure that all the people are in the train compartment so that the automatic doors can close in swiftly.
The pushers work mostly during the morning and evening peak hours and their job involves immense strength as they have to push people in the train. It seems these pushers have different terms in different countries but the basic idea or their primary job is to push people in the train to fit them.
While today it is said to be associated more with Japan, it seems the idea of the pushers first originated in New York City. It is said that the first use was seen in the 1940s where the subway guards performed similar duties to push people in the train.
Well, you take a look at a video where you can see Oshiya or Pushers in action pushing people inside the trains in Japan.
Needless to mention, the pushers are properly uninformed people with one goal to cram as many people as possible in the train. It seems they were initially called “passenger arrangement staff.” While there is no dedicated qualification required for the job, it seems students and part-time workers fill in these positions. Sometimes the station staff also work as the pushers.
Anyway, imagine something like this in the Indian railway system.