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Rare move: Labourer's 10-year-old daughter inaugurates Bengaluru railway station's escalator

Rare move: Labourer's 10-year-old daughter inaugurates Bengaluru railway station's escalator
Bengaluru: It is rare to see a common man inaugurating a government project. But this was made a reality after a 10-year-old daughter of a construction labourer was allowed to inaugurate an escalator at the Bengaluru city railway station.

The credit for the move goes to Bengaluru railway station authorities who paved the way for the inauguration by 10-year-old Begumma.

According to a report, the development comes after local Member of Parliament PC Mohan, who was scheduled to inaugurate the project on November 9, could not attend the event following prohibitory orders in view of the Ayodhya verdict.

However, the MP asked the railway authorities to ensure that the inauguration takes place on the same day. "I had asked the officials not to postpone the inauguration of the project. It is not necessary that only he has to inaugurate the project for a common man to utilise it," the report quoted ' PC Mohan as saying.

Later, the South Western Railway officials requested Chandbi, who was working at the site, to allow her daughter to open the escalator.

The officials then called Beguma and bestowed upon her the honour of cutting the ribbon of the escalator. The MP said that he didn't want delay in the opening of the project and thus requested the officials to make arrangements for the inauguration.

The mother of the girl had been working at the construction site for several months. The escalator had been conceived to help senior citizens at the platform.

"We had placed a countdown clock at the construction site to complete the work in a time-bound manner. We were able to complete the project a day before the date.

The escalator at platform number 4 and an air-conditioned waiting room have been built at the KSR Bengaluru City railway station. Meanwhile, the public and the railway employees have appreciated the gesture of the authorities in allowing a girl the underprivileged section to open the project.

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