Surekha Yadav, Asia's 1st female loco pilot, operates Vande Bharat
Asia's first female locomotive pilot Surekha Yadav has now become the first woman to operate the Vande Bharat Express. Hailing Yadav for her latest achievement, Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw tweeted photos of her on the train with a caption that read, "Vande Bharat- powered by Nari Shakti... Smt. Surekha Yadav, the first woman loco pilot of Vande Bharat Express."
Check out the Twitter post by Railway Minister Vaishnaw
Vande Bharat - powered by Nari Shakti.— Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) March 13, 2023
Smt. Surekha Yadav, the first woman loco pilot of Vande Bharat Express. pic.twitter.com/MqVjpgm4EO
Yadav became Asia's 1st female loco pilot in 1988
Notably, Yadav piloted the semi-high speed train between Solapur station and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in Mumbai for about 450 km on Monday, the Central Railways said, according to PTI. The 57-year-old from Maharashtra's Satara became Asia's first female train driver in 1988. Since then, she has won many awards at the state and national levels, per the report.