24-Year-Old Mechanical Engineer Becomes Mumbai’s First Female Bus Driver Who Is Breaking Stereotypes

Unfortunately, this is the story of many nations where women are still not allowed to work in many sectors. But Indian law doesn’t stop women to go for work but some orthodox are there which is the reason why women shy to move her step ahead. For the longest time, a woman sitting in the driver’s seat of a taxi, auto rickshaw, bus, or an airplane was hard to imagine. Women driving public transport or heavy vehicles is considered unconventional and against the norm.

Pratiksha Das – 24 years old girl has become the only woman in Mumbai able to drive a BEST bus and has received a license for it. The report of Times Of India says – after having completed her education in Mechanical Engineering, Pratiksha wanted to become a Regional Transport Office (RTO) officer which required her to be able to drive heavy vehicles. Soon she found herself learning how to drive a bus from the BEST trainer at Goregaon Bus Depot.

Pratiksha said, “It is something I’ve been wanting to master from the last six years. But my love for heavy vehicles is not new. I started off with bikes, then larger cars, and now I can drive buses and trucks. And yes, it feels good.”

She reveals how initially her trainers were tensed about whether she will be able to drive a bus. It takes a lot of strength to drive a bus. Steering the wheel alone is a task because it isn’t as smooth as that of a car’s. “Yeh ladki chala payegi ke nahi”, the trainers kept on asking.

Her training was scheduled for 30-days starting from basic to advance levels. On her first day, Pratiksha just had to roll the bus on first gear within the bus depot without halting. They were impressed when she was able to do it without difficulty. On her second day, she was driving the bus on the Eastern Express Highway for 16kms.

People turned to stop and stare, but I ignored that and I told myself to concentrate on the driving. Once I am behind the wheel, it’s just me, the bus and the open road.” Her next plan is to learn how to fly an airplane! She is saving money to join the flying school in Mumbai. She is also getting ready for a bike trip to Ladakh, and guess what? She is the one leading the gang!

According to Hive, women work 10 percent harder than men in today’s offices. This conclusion is the product of two other statistics. First, both men and women actually complete about 66 percent of their assigned work. However, women are assigned 10 percent more work than men these days – that they achieve the same completion rate tells us that they’re being more industrious.

Written by Ashutosh Kumar

He studied software engineering but wanted to be a writer since born. So, he followed his passion and ended up being a reporter for PoopBite. He has a very deep-seated interest in all current affairs topics whatsoever. He is also a passionate photographer.

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