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BANGALORE: Alok Nanda became the first woman assistant loco pilot of the Bangalore Division of South Western Railway when she drove the Bangalore-Tumkur passenger train along with G. Narayan, Loco Pilot Passenger, on Thursday.
Ms. Nanda, hailing from Orissa, was recruited as assistant loco pilot with the Indian Railways and after completing her training she joined duty on Thursday. The loco pilot and the assistant loco pilot drove the passenger train 221, 222, 224 and 225 between Bangalore and Tumkur.
While Mr. Narayan expressed happiness over women joining the trade, Ms. Nanda said the duty on the first day was a unique experience. She said more and more women should come forward to walk untried paths.
All India Loco Running Staff Association general secretary (SWR) C. Sunish expressed happiness over the development.
He said although many other railway divisions had assistant loco pilots, Ms. Nanda was the first for Bangalore Division.
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