The Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) has unveiled the uniform designs for its staff, laying emphasis on “gender equality”. The uniforms will have a dash of pink, the colour attached to the identity of the city.
A similar uniform for the male and female staff has come as a pleasant surprise in the backdrop of the desert State’s conservative society, known for its deep-seated prejudices against the fair sex and preference for the male child.
JMRC Chairman and Managing Director Nihal Chand Goyal released the designs prepared by Jaipur-based Arch Academy of Design, at a ceremony in Khanij Bhavan here on Thursday.
The metro rail is expected to start in the Pink City early next year. In its first phase, the metro will cover a distance of 12 km, which will include an elevated route from Mansarovar to Chandpole and a 2.7-km-long underground corridor from Chandpol to Badi Chaupar in the Walled City.
Mr. Goyal said the male and female junior engineers, maintenance staff and train operators will look “almost alike” in their uniforms. Designs have also been finalised for the corporate staff, station controllers, customer relations assistants and manager-rank officers with the inclusion of traditional Rajasthani patterns wherever feasible.
Managers will be clad in white shirt, grey trousers and red tie in summers. A navy blue blazer will be added to their uniform during winters. Women will wear red and pink saris, while station controllers will sport red and pink shirts with grey trousers and red jackets in winters.
Customer relations assistants will also wear red and pink shirts with grey trousers and sleeveless red jackets. Women assistants will wear kurtis of the same colour with trousers and sleeveless jackets.