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First ladies dormitory opened at Bangalore city railway station. PC: Rahulraj S

First ladies dormitory opened at Bangalore city railway station. PC: Rahulraj S

BENGALURU: Recent attacks on women at public places have put safety under jeopardy. Recognising the need to ensure the safety of women, the Bangalore City Railway Station has opened a hostel for women. It is the first Railway Station in the country to host women’s hostel.

B V Radhappa, Chief Commissioner Superintendent, South Western Railways said, “Out of 32 beds, 16 beds are given for males while other 16 are provided for women. Occupants are charged Rs 125 per bed for the first 12 hours and Rs 200 for 24 hours.”

Speaking to The Beacon, S Puroshotham, Deputy Station Manager of South Western Railways said, “Apparently many private hostels aren’t ensuring the safety of women in the city. We see cases of robbery, chain-snatching, harassment and even rape happening at unlicensed private hostels. Hence we came up with the idea of opening a hostel for women.”

“The women’s hostel will be guarded by two female wardens, whereas men’s hostel will be guarded by male wardens,” he added.

All the basic facilities such as water, electricity, bathroom, table, chair, etc are provided accordingly. Rooms can be booked on Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website.

Only ticket holders will be provided accommodation, but in specific cases, depending on the situation of travelers, even open ticket holders will be provided rooms. Travelers can stay for maximum of 48 hours.

Apart from rooms, the city railway station has made arrangements for AC and Non-AC lounges for travelers. Travelers can book for an AC ultra deluxe, super deluxe, single bed, double bed, AC or Non-AC.

Rahulraj S

II MS Com

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