Dormitories for women at CST,LTT get good response

The first set of exclusive dormitories inaugurated by railway minister Pawan Bansal at CST and LTT on April 16 is getting a good response from women passengers.

Published:April 19, 2013 2:56 am

The first set of exclusive dormitories inaugurated by railway minister Pawan Bansal at CST and LTT on April 16 is getting a good response from women passengers. The 78-bed AC dorms — 58 for men and 20 for women at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and 24 for women at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) — are the first of their kind in the country.

A day after their opening on April 17,44 beds were reserved by men and seven by women at CST,while four beds were booked by women at LTT.

“Without advertisement we got a good response from passengers on first day. I hope in future,these will be fully occupied,’’ Mukesh Nigam,Mumbai division manager,Central Railway,said.

Alpana Parne,a PWD engineer,reached CST by Duronto Express at 8 am Wednesday. “I saw a board saying an air-conditioned dormitory for women was available. Since I had to reach Mantralaya at 11 am,I booked a bed. Some amenities were missing but it was a good experience.’’

Vasant Rao,a government employee from Akola who also booked a bed,said,“CR has taken a good step. It was really a good experience. But there was no cleaning staff and towels were missing in bathrooms. I think it is a new set-up and CR authorities will take care of this.’’

“These dormitories are a boon for working women who travel alone and want a safe but inexpensive place to stay,” said a senior CR official.

“A passenger with a valid ticket can book a bed for Rs 150 for 12 hours and Rs 250 for 24 hours,’’ he said.

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