Reportedly Kristalina Georgieva, The World Bank’s Chief Executive officer was caught travelling in the second class women’s only compartment of Western Railways Suburban Train in Mumbai.
She travelled from busy stations of Church gate to Dadar to experience the city’s popular transportation service.
Later she was joined by the CMD of Mumbai Rail Vikas Corp Prabhat Sahai and World Bank’s India Director Junaid Ahmed, who boarded the adjacent second class compartment.
Georgieva boarded the train around 11 am after taking a short tour of the iconic church gate station along with 20 other officials. She was also seen talking to other commuters about aspects of Mumbai’s local trains and other issues.
She told the media, “To be part of this incredible commute that happens every day and to know what we fund from the World Bank is helping people here to have a more enjoyable journey”.
She added, “I want to hear from people – what works, what doesn’t work, what we need to improve so that we can actually do it”.
She was briefed about the status and progress of various World Bank funded railway infrastructure projects in Mumbai. And later, she proceeded for other site visits organised by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority.
Georgieva is expected to meet Reserve Bank of India Governor Dr Urjit Patel in Mumbai and Policy makers and senior officials in New Delhi.
The city’s suburban services ferries over eight million commuters daily on its three networks