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Surekha Yadav made history by becoming Asia’s first woman loco pilot to operate Vande Bharat Express. She is a role model for young girls, and her achievement has significance in mainstreaming women, as well as bridging the gender gap.
She hailed from Satara in Maharashtra and started her career with Indian Railways as an assistant loco pilot (also called an assistant train driver or motor woman). She has also led an all-women crew on a Deccan Queen.
Surekha Yadav, Asia’s first lady loco pilot, was born in a farmer family in Satara, Maharashtra, on September 2, 1965. She did her schooling at St. Paul’s Convent High School in Satara and later took vocational training for a diploma in electrical engineering at Government Polytechnic in Karad, Satara.
She became India’s first female train driver in 1988 and was awarded for her achievements at State and National levels. Recently, she piloted the Vande Bharat Express between Solapur station and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in Mumbai.
Her training process involves signal observance, hands-on new equipment, coordination with other crew members, and adherence to all guidelines for running a train. She is also a role model for other women.
Her colleagues are impressed by her ability, and she says she is grateful for the opportunity. She hopes to inspire young women to pursue careers in railways and aspires to become a locomotive driver herself someday.
Hailing from Satara in Maharashtra
The district of Satara is a well-known tourist destination in Maharashtra. It is a perfect getaway for those looking to get away from the bustle of the city and rejuvenate themselves with nature.
In the past, Satara was the capital of the Maratha empire. Today, the district is home to many temples and historical monuments.
Another place to visit in Satara is Kaas valley of flowers, a world heritage site, and a popular tourist spot. It is also famous for its waterfalls.
There are several places to stay in the area. One can stay in hotels and lodges, as well as MTDC guest houses.
If you’re traveling by road, take a drive on the lesser-known route from Satara to Mahabaleshwar. This highway passes through some of the best features that the Satara district has to offer.
Becomes the first woman loco pilot in Asia
Locomotive pilots, also known as loco drivers, drive train engines and perform maintenance, inspection, and repair tasks. They also monitor the safety and security of passengers and ensure a safe journey for all involved.
A person with strong technical and critical thinking skills, as well as in-depth knowledge of mechanical tools and equipment, can be successful in this career. They must be physically fit and have the stamina to handle mechanical duties that can last for long periods of time.
The railways have made it a priority to empower its female workforce. It has taken several steps towards this goal, including appointing an all-woman staff to manage the Matunga station on the Central Railway in 2017 and Western Railway in 2018.
Surekha Yadav, Asia’s first lady loco pilot, operated the semi-high-speed Vande Bharat Express between Solapur and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in Mumbai. She departed Solapur station at the right time and reached CSMT five minutes earlier than the scheduled arrival.
The first woman to operate Vande Bharat Express
Surekha Yadav became the first woman to operate India’s semi-high-speed Vande Bharat Express on March 13, according to Central Railway. She piloted the train between Solapur and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai.
The new semi-high-speed train, introduced by Indian Railways under the ‘Make in India’ initiative, has world-class passenger amenities and a fast journey option. It can run at 160 kmph and has been designed to reduce travel time by 25 percent to 45 percent.
It has 16 air-conditioned coaches, including two executive class coaches, with a total seating capacity of 1,128 passengers. It is equipped with GPS based audio-visual passenger information system, onboard hotspot Wi-Fi for entertainment purposes, and very comfortable seating in all classes.
Every coach has a pantry with equipment to serve food and cold beverages. Moreover, each coach has sockets to charge mobile or laptop easily. There are also Divyang-friendly washrooms and seat handles with seat numbers in Braille letters.