New Delhi: At a time when women's safety across the country has become a cause for concern, Priya Sachan is leading by example. The 21-year-old is the first and only woman among 50 train operators and station managers for Gurgaon's Rapid Metro project.
For Priya, this is a dream come true. Fascinated by trains since a young age, Priya says that being the only woman train operator was initially a little scary. "Initially I used to wish for another woman colleague who could give me company. But now, I've been here for a while and I feel more confident," she said.
Priya's journey wasn't an easy one. Her family hails from the small town of Akbarpur in Uttar Pradesh and she moved to Delhi three years ago for studies. Priya recounts nightmarish encounters on the roads of Delhi and says that she learnt pretty early on that the Metro was the safest way to travel and has been her lifeline ever since.
"I think I have only taken a bus in Delhi thrice in the three years that I have been here. I have never found the buses to be safe. I think the metro is not only safe but also so convenient," she said.
For Rapid Metro, hiring a woman operator is a moment of pride. But for Priya, this isn't the end of the road. She hopes that having a woman train operator will go a long way in instilling more confidence in the minds of women commuters. "A woman operator being at the helm will instill a sense of security and faith in the women. I think women will feel safer now," she says.
Priya was just like the thousands of women in Delhi who take the metro every day and vouch for its safety. But she has taken that a step further and become Rapid Metro's first and only female driver. Hopefully, this will inspire many more women to follow in her footsteps.