International Women's Day: Meet Manisha Mhaske, motor woman piloting CSMT-Panvel local today
International Women's Day: Meet Manisha Mhaske, motor woman piloting CSMT-Panvel local today
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On the occasion of International Women's Day, today the CSMT-Panvel local was operated by motor woman Manisha Mhaske.

The train left Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) at 09.06 am.

Along with Mhaske, the first woman driver of Indian Railways, Surekha Yadav, drove the all women-staffed Mumbai-Lucknow Special from Mumbai today.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal took to Twitter to celebrate the moment and wrote, "#NariShakti Rail: The first woman driver of Indian Railways, Smt. Surekha Yadav drives the all women-staffed Mumbai-Lucknow Special, in celebration of #InternationalWomensDay (sic)."

Goyal also tweeted photos of the operation carried out by a women team of Bundelkhand Special train between Jhansi and Gwalior.

Various places across the country were decked up ahead of International Women's Day to mark the occasion.

In Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus was illuminated with pink lights at night.

Goyal shared visuals of the terminus on Twitter and said: "Celebrating Womanhood: The iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus lit up in pink ahead of International Women's Day in Mumbai, Maharashtra."

Speaking to ANI, Pratiksha Kulkarni, a local said: "I really like the way CST is lit today. We feel special. I am thankful to the government for this special gesture." Rucha, another local told ANI: "I feel proud to be a woman. We like the decor of CST ahead of Women's Day celebrations in the state. I feel proud to be a woman."

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar's bungalow was also lit up with pink lights.

International Women's Day is celebrated worldwide every year on March 8 to recognise the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women across the globe.

This year, the theme for International Women's Day 2021 is 'Choose to Challenge'.

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