Most trains do not have toilets on their locomotives.
No toilet on train machines: Due to the lack of toilets on train machines, women drivers use sanitary towels and then stop drinking water.
Indian Railways (Indian RailwaysSecond), great care is taken of the comforts of the passengers of the train. Facilities available to rail passengers (Passenger services) If there is a problem, there are many ways to claim it from the Railways. But have you ever wondered how much care is taken by those responsible for running these trains? We are talking about locomotive pilots, that is, train drivers. You will be surprised to know that for them there is no toilet in the locomotives of the trains. If we look at the figures, the toilet installation is only available on 97 train locomotives. In addition, in many stations, even the corridors do not have separate toilets for women. Execution room, ie a place where the crew, including the locomotive pilot, the assistant locomotive pilot and the goods guard, rest at stations other than their place of origin after service hours or between shifts.
Compared to other countries, locomotive drivers in the UK, USA and Europe have a 20-25 minute break every four hours. In these areas, locomotive pilots work 48 hours a week. In India this number increases to 54 hours. We read this report on the state of locomotive drivers in India.
What do women drivers have to face?
Due to the lack of toilets in the train machines, the drivers use sanitary napkins, some reduce the drinking water and there are others who choose to give up their dreams and sit in the office. Women locomotive pilots say that’s why they’ve learned to ‘engage’. Lack of facilities is also a problem for male counterparts, but female drivers face additional problems during menstruation and during this time most female drivers prefer to leave due to lack of toilets.
An assistant locomotive pilot traveling short-distance trains said: “The problem of lack of toilets is common among men and women. However, as a professional woman, I find it very insulting to have to take a break every time I have the rule”. He told PTI on condition of anonymity,
“In those days the very idea of running a train without going to the toilet sounds painful. Although the railways have made all the arrangements, either in terms of working hours or permission … But the lack of toilets is like a battle every day that we have to face during working hours. I’m just trying to control it. “
Another young woman said she acquired the qualification of train driver to fulfill her childhood dreams of driving a train, going to difficult terrain and showing off her skills on the Western Ghats railway line. But in her five-year job, she spends most of her time sitting in the office. He fears he will face an awkward situation if he tries to drive without a toilet on the train.
Bio toilet in locomotive engine 97
Railway officials said that six years ago, then-Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had introduced the first locomotive equipped with bio toilets, but so far only 97 bio toilets have been installed.
- Indian Railways has more than 14,000 diesel electric locomotives.
- Of the more than 60,000 locomotive drivers, about 1,000 are women.
- Most of these locomotive pilots operate short-distance freight trains.
The Railways said in a statement that after the announcement of the Railway Budget in 2013 and the constant demand, it was decided to provide a toilet (toilets) to the electric locomotives manufactured by Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW). He said so far toilets have been installed on 97 electric locomotives.
No less problems!
According to a PTI report, another female locomotive pilot, on condition of anonymity, said: “The problems are no less. It is about waiting in the yard, preparing the trip and driving the freight train at a speed 40 kilometers per hour for five to seven hours. There are no facilities for women in any of these places. In apprehension of something unpleasant, I use sanitary pads. “
His companion said there is no toilet on the freight trains, but the condition of the passenger trains is also bad as they do not have enough time to get on the other compartment to use the toilet.
The railways had said: toilets will be built on each engine, but …
The former chairman of the Organization of Crazy Men Railways of India (IRLRO), Alok Verma, addressed the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on the issue and said the Railways are depriving the locomotive drivers (both men and women) of their basic rights. Verma said:
“In this sense, in its response to the Commission, Ferrocarrils had said that it would install toilets on all trains. However, the NHRC order has not been implemented. A locomotive driver spends at least 10-12 hours as a driver and there is no possibility of relief if the journey continues … they neither eat food nor go to the toilet. This is inhuman.
“Women who are hired as locomotive pilots and assistant locomotive pilots either sit in the offices or make short journeys, mainly due to lack of toilets. Imagine what your situation would have been like. “
the struggle is long
According to MN Prasad, general secretary of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA), the struggle to build toilets in locomotives is long. Prasad said its importance is increasing with the work of more and more women. It is unbearable for all locomotive drivers, but more worrying for women. We are putting pressure but nothing has been resolved.
He said there is in fact no separate toilet for women even in those stations where there are performance rooms for men. On the other hand, railway officials say that women locomotive pilots are assigned tasks according to their convenience. Its facilities are well maintained.