The Monday morning of 29th June 2015, was a little different for Chennai's commuters. The Chennai Metro was inaugurated and given a start by a 28-year-old female loco pilot, A. Preethi. She drove for a 10 km stretch between Alandur and Koyambedu metro stations for 18 minutes.
Here's Preethi, another woman breaking the stereotypes of our society and living her dreams like a boss! Kudos to the woman!
'It is challenging, but not difficult. You are in safe hands,' Preethi assured with a beautiful smile, speaking to a national Television news channel.
The Chennai metro of first phase has four coaches and capacity of nearly 1,280 passengers.
Preethi is a diploma holder in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Government Dharmambal Polytechnic College. She was trained for one and a half year in Chennai and Delhi for loco piloting.
Preethi used to work at a research center earlier but quit her job and applied to Chennai Metro.
She was the first woman to be selected to drive the Metro train among four women trainees.
Preethi's mother was on cloud nine on seeing her daughter do a magnificent job. She said, 'Earlier we thought it was too dangerous as she has to take care of more than 300 passengers. Now I am proud. She is trained.'