A ladies special train, from Panvel to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), which started at 8.50 am Saturday, was piloted by Asia’s first woman diesel engine driver, 43-year-old Mumtaz Kazi, on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
Kazi, has been the Central Railways’ (CR) sole motor-woman since 2005. There are 650 motor-men with the CR and eight ladies special trains run daily for women commuters. Kazi joined the Indian Railways as an assistant driver in 1991. She has trained in both diesel and electrical locomotive driving and has even featured in the Limca Book of Records in 1995 for her achievements in a male-dominated occupation.
“When I joined, there were only two women, including me, but there has been a gradual change. Girls are taking more interest in this job,” Kazi said. ens