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The MMRDA that runs services on the 19.5km line among Chembur-Jacob Circle would soon induct 3 women pilots and 3 women station masters, an officials confirmed this as Women are ready to become the driving force behind Mumbai Monorail.
The women are currently undergoing a 45 days training period, as per the MMRDA officials, after that they would be recruited to run the rakes. MMRDA a senior official stated, “We did not have any women pilots so far and we thought it will be a progressive move, so we decided to train and recruit women for the posts.”
In the last few years, various women have moved into the hitherto male-dominated space. Currently, the Central Railway and Western Railway lines both have a woman pilot respectively.
Mumbai Metro-1 has 2 women pilots. While international firms have shown interest in providing ten new rakes for Mumbai Monorail. MMRDA senior official approved that companies like BYD Co Ltd, CRRC Co. Ltd and Switzerland-based ABB attended a pre-bid meeting in MMRDA’s office on 5th March. This is the 2nd tender by MMRDA to get an additional ten rakes after a tender for the same in 2019 was cancelled.
Mumbai Monorail is now operational with 5 rakes.MMRDA is also looking at re-training their staff in the operation and maintenance of the new generation trains. This is also in the process of refurbishing 2 rakes to better frequency. At this time, the frequency among 2 trains is 20-25-min which MMRDA is looking at decreasing to 15-min.
This article first appeared on www.metrorailnews.in
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