By Purvi Jain
The Noida-Greater Noida metro has decided to change sector 50 into ‘she-man’ station in order to provide transgender special facilities and employment.
NMRC managing director, Ritu Maheshwari said that this step is taken in order for meaningful participation of the transgender community.
In 2017, the Kochi metro rail in Kerela took the same step, consisting of 23 transgender for promoting gender justice.
Maheshwari also mentioned that according to census 2011, there are 4.9 lakhs transgender in India out of which around three lakh are residing in Delhi.
“The ‘She-Man’ station will be on the lines of the Pink stations, which were inaugurated on March 8 this year and provided special facilities for women passengers. The staff deployed at the Pink stations also consisted only of women except for security personnel,” Maheshwari said.
NMRC managing director added, “The ‘She-Man’ station will cater especially to the transgender community, though it will be open for all passengers, and will give facilities to facilitate the travel of the trans community in the metro system and also provide employment opportunities for them.”
She also told about structural changes in the form of restroom room and separate security checks for these communities in sector 50 stations.
In a statement, it was also said that a special announcement for awareness will also be conducted in the station and inside the train as well.
It was said that “The NMRC will also be sensitive and trained to communicate with transgender community in a sensitive and cordial manner.”
It was determined that people from these communities will be included in many departments such as ticket corners and other areas as well.
They said that “Transgender will be provided proper training like other NMRC employees before being inducted in the NMRC system.”
According to a statement, NMRC has also contacted various NGOs who work regarding helping these people regarding their problems and challenges they face. They also said they were sensitive towards every commuter to provide safe traveling.
“Transgenders form a major chunk of the commuters that use the metro system to travel. This step by the NMRC will make the traveling experience for this community more enriching,” it said.
Also known as ‘Aqua Line’, the Noida-Greater Noida metro which operates between twin cities of Gautam Budh Nagar covering almost 30 kms of 21 stations started functioning from Janurary 2019.