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'You Are In Safe Hands, Chennai': Woman Who Drove City's First Metro

'You Are In Safe Hands, Chennai': Woman Who Drove City's First Metro
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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!

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Chennai is in safe hands indeed.

Chennai is in safe hands indeed.

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This Monday when the first Metro train of Chennai chugged from Alandur Station at 12.15 PM, it was in the hands of A Preethi, a 28 year old woman who is a trained loco pilot.

This Monday when the first Metro train of Chennai chugged from Alandur Station at 12.15 PM, it was in the hands of A Preethi, a 28 year old woman who is a trained loco pilot.
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'It is challenging, but not difficult. You are in safe hands,' Preethi assured with a beautiful smile, speaking to a national Television news channel.

At around 12.15 pm, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa, connected through video conference from her office, pressed a button and at the correct moment, Preethi drove the train out of the Alandur station.

At around 12.15 pm, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa, connected through video conference from her office, pressed a button and at the correct moment, Preethi drove the train out of the Alandur station.
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The Chennai metro of first phase has four coaches and capacity of nearly 1,280 passengers.

The Metro Lady gradually picked up the speed to touch 80 kmph. She covered a 10-km stretch in 18 minutes.

The Metro Lady gradually picked up the speed to touch 80 kmph. She covered a 10-km stretch in 18 minutes.
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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.

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'I am excited, my daughter's dream of becoming a loco pilot of Metro Rail has come true,' were the words of Preethi's father R. Anbu, a businessman.

'I am excited, my daughter’s dream of becoming a loco pilot of Metro Rail has come true,' were the words of Preethi’s father R. Anbu, a businessman.
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Preethi used to work at a research center earlier but quit her job and applied to Chennai Metro.

'I feel happy and proud,' said Preethi.

'I feel happy and proud,' said Preethi.
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She was the first woman to be selected to drive the Metro train among four women trainees.

Preethi is another example of women breaking stereotypes of the male-dominant society. We wish her great luck!

Preethi is another example of women breaking stereotypes of the male-dominant society. We wish her great luck!
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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.'

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