Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) introduces pink band sleeper berths coaches especially for women in eight trains in Rangiya division. In order to ensure that the new initiative works systematically, Ministry of Railways has also deployed Railway Protection Force (RPF) and ticket checking staff. Alike the metro trains, the Indian Railways has also started a distinctive pink colour band coaches for women in Northeast region trains.
Currently, 8 trains have been earmarked with pink coloured coaches for women. Out of which six trains are the ones which run between New Bongaigaon and Guwahati which are 55817 New Bongaigaon Guwahati Passenger, 55803 New Bongaigaon Guwahati Passenger (via Gopalpara), and 55809 New Bongaigaon Guwahati Passenger trains. Remaining two trains is between Rangiya to Murkongselek, 55895 Rangiya Murkongselek Passenger train.
Pranav Jyoti Sharma, NFR Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) also said that coaches with pink colour will help the woman travellers in identification of coaches during rush hours. It will also help towards the security of women, he added. Differently-abled women can also travel in such coaches.
Now, women can easily travel alone or along with their children. This facility has also been extended to Divyanjan passengers.
Till now, the introduction of pink coaches is done by Northeast Frontier Railway but this facility will soon be started in other trains as well, said Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.
According to section 58 of Railways Act 1989, reservation for women in long journey trains is to be made on second class for women in Second class-cum-luggage-cum guard’s coach (SLR).
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