On the occasion of International Women’s Day, and for the first time in the country, a sanitary pad dispensing machine was installed in a coach of Mumbai-New Delhi Rajdhani Express on Thursday.
Western Railways Chief Spokesperson Ravinder Bhakar said it has been installed on a trial basis and the move would be extended to other trains as well.
“This is the first train in India in which a sanitary pad dispensation machine has been installed. It is useful for women passengers in long-distance train journeys. We will extend this plan in other trains as well,” Bhakar told ANI.
The decision has been well received by the women passengers too.
“It is very useful and a well-thought decision by Railways. We can get a sanitary pad at the cost of Rs 5,” one of the passengers said.
Indian Railways commemorated the day by introducing a host of new women-centric initiatives.
“On Women’s Day, delighted to see an all-women crew during my travel. In Railways too, we have deployed ticket checking staff on Mumbai-Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express, an all-women crew in Pune-Baramati Special and at various railway stations including Matunga and Gandhinagar,” tweeted Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.
In Mumbai, Matunga Road became the second station to be managed by an all-women crew from March 8.View Realtime Updates