Indian Railways: PM Modi praises First-Ever Woman Vande Bharat Express pilot Surekha Yadav
Surekha Yadav, a native of Satara district in western Maharashtra, piloted the Vande Bharat Express train
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday lauded the first woman loco pilot who ran the Vande Bharat Express train, calling the feat as an assurance of realisation of Amrit.
Surekha Yadav, a native of Satara district in western Maharashtra, piloted the Vande Bharat Express train between Solapur station and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in Mumbai on March 13, becoming the first women loco pilot in Asia to run Vande Bharat train.
She further said that she became India`s first female train driver in 1988, and was awarded for her achievements at State and National levels.
Yadav started her career as an assistant driver in 1989 and worked her way up to become a goods driver in 1996.
Her next destination was that of motor woman in 2000. In 2010, she graduated to a ghat driver, after which she was allotted duty on the Deccan Queen, which runs between the city and Pune, negotiating the steep inclines of the ghat in between.
Sharing her news on Twitter, Union Minister for Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw yesterday said, Vande Bharat "powered by Nari Shakti."
Vande Bharat express was started in 2019. The first Vande Bharat Express train was flagged off on New Delhi-Kanpur-Allahabad-Varanasi route.
Last February, Prime Minister Modi flagged off the Vande Bharat Express train from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) Solapur.