Breaking gender barriers, V Saritha becomes first female driver in DTC

New Delhi, March 8: V Saritha, the first woman to join Delhi Transport Corporation as a driver, does it all like a professional without losing her composure. Currently on a training module in east Delhi, Saritha has her fellow trainee drivers as passengers. The Capital has seen women driving autos, cabs but a public transport bus would be an interesting first..

30 yrs old Saritha belongs to Nalgonda in Telangana.. She moved from Nalgonda district to Hyderabad, and applied for a heavy vehicle driver's license. "It was in 2011 that I first drove a bus — it was more of a minibus — in Hyderabad. It gave me the confidence to earn a livelihood with dignity,” she reveals.

She was working as a private chauffeur in south Delhi when she was hired by DTC last month. “I have realised that driving in Delhi is most difficult, with heavy traffic and impatient drivers. I am worried about cycle rickshaws suddenly coming front of my bus out of nowhere,” she says armed with a driving experience of 10 years.

News24 salutes the big achievement of V Saritha on Women's Day. Watch here: