Women power drives India’s newest Metro in Jaipur

Fastest constructed Metro line inaugurated in Rajasthan’s capital, 30% employees are women

GN Bureau | June 3, 2015


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Meena Soni, Monika Mittal, Kusum Kanwar,  Jyoti Rani and Yogita are common girls names in India. However, they stand for uncommon principle in normally traditional Rajasthan. These women are going to steer the most modern Metro rail system of India. Six of the 20 Metro train operators of newly inaugurated Jaipur Metro are women.

Kusum Kanwar, a lady metro operator, was not even allowed to ride a two-wheeler when she was young. For all these girls, now the major concern is punctuality and safety of the others. In fact, 30% of Jaipur Metro's operation and maintenance staff, including train operators and station controllers, are women and Jaipur Metro also happens to be the fastest constructed Metro in India.

Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Wednesday inaugurated metro rail services in Jaipur. The pink city has now joined the league of India cities which includes Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata, having metro connectivity.

The 9.63-km elevated section of the Jaipur metro with nine stations was completed in four and half years and runs on standard gauge rail. It connects the city's residential area Mansarovar to business hub in Chandpole.

The line is expected to ferry approximately 1.2 lakh passengers daily. A total of 10 four-coach trains will be making 131 trips each day between the two terminal stations at a frequency of 10 minutes in peak hours and 15 minutes in off-peak hours.

Normal operations will begin from 6.45 am and will continue till 9 pm. The fare structure varies for peak and off-peak hours. They have been fixed in multiples of Rs 5 (in three slabs of Rs 5, Rs 10 and Rs 15) and a flat discount of Rs 5 has been offered for off-peak hours. For the first six months, off-peak fares will be charged throughout the day. Automatic fare collection system has been installed to collect and manage the fare revenue.

To encourage people to travel in the metro, upto 15% discount has been offered on smart cards, which can be recharged using Jaipur Metro website or Ticket Vending Machines installed at all stations.

Two types of tourist cards, one-day tour card and three- day tour card, have been introduced, which can be used for unlimited number of trips during the day(s) of their validity.

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