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Rly honour for trackwoman who stops accidents


KOLKATA: Every morning at five, she enters the crowd hut at Shyamnagar station, about 108km from Kolkata, collects her tools and sets off down the tracks. Over the next eight hours, Pushpa Sing covers 6-Eight km along the tracks, checking for rail fractures, loose fittings or insufficient ballast.

Wherever conceivable, she sets issues right along with her hammer or wrench. Otherwise, she signals the station grasp and “protects” the tracks from being utilized by trains till the technical body of workers arrive.

Sing is a South Eastern Railway keywoman who used to be felicitated in New Delhi on Friday by Railway Board chairman Vinod Yadav.


“I belong to a deficient family. I joined SER in 2006 as a trackwoman. In 2016, I was increased to the rank of a keywoman. I get up at three am and cook for my two children and myself prior to leaving at four.30am,” said Sing, who misplaced her husband a few years in the past. She lives 6km from the station, the place she is going on a scooterette.


A couple of months in the past, Sing had just began work when she spotted a large fracture on the tracks. She alerted the station grasp and secure the tracks till assist arrived. She received the overall supervisor’s gold medal and certificates for this. “The fracture used to be nearly 7-inch extensive and a big accident will have happened. Our activity here is to test 5 lines and eight crossings,” Pushpa said.


SER CPRO Sanjoy Ghosh said other people like her braved weather, filth or even snakes. “Trains run at 100 kmph and she or he has to be cautious,” he said. SER has also made a short movie on Sing.




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