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Matunga enters the Limca Book of Records for being the first all-woman staff train station
The Matunga suburban train station on the Central Railway (CR), on Tuesday, made its way into the Limca Book of Records for being the first Indian Railways station being run by an all-woman staff, according to a Railway official.

The station is being manned exclusively by women since July 2017.

The Railway official said, "We are happy to inform that six months after the CR appointed an all-woman staff at Matunga, this station has figured in the Limca Book of Records 2018."

"The credit for this goes to CR General Manager DK Sharma, who started this initiative of empowering women," he further added.

A team of 41 women staffers at the helm of affairs at the Matunga station includes 6 RPF security personnel, 5 point persons (one who sets points on tracks for train movement), 17 ticket booking clerks, 2 railway announcers and 2 cleaning staffers among others. The entire staff works under the supervision of Mamta Kulkarni, the station's manager. The station had been officially handed over to them on July 12, 2017.

Interestingly, Mamta Kulkarni is also credited for being the first ever woman station master in Mumbai division after she joined Central Railway in 1992.

Mumbai Mirror was the first to report in June last year about this rare achievement after GM DK Sharma had floated the idea of an all-woman staff. The Central Railway (CR) had initially appointed 34 women to manage the station, a bold step towards women empowerment.

The women ticket checkers at the Matunga station have even learned how to deal with male passengers.

One of the ticket checking staffers posted at the station said, "We faced a few challenges, especially during night shifts. Unsocial elements, druggies often moved about in the vicinity of the station. But with the support from the administration, we quickly streamlined these issues."

Matunga, an educational hub, is located between Dadar and Sion and is frequented by many passengers on a daily basis.

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