The colleague said my face would glow for the rest of my life.Today tunnelling is my life," says Annie, 35, ahead of the inauguration of South India's first underground Metro rail on Friday.Recalling her long journey, she said she wanted to pursue her masters after completing degree in mechanical engineering from Nagpur University."But I lost my father and I had to get a job to bail out my family from financial crisis. "My visa application was rejected thrice by Qatar because they do now allow unmarried women to go and work there.I got a job offer from Senbo, a contractor with Delhi Metro, and took it up in October 2007," says Annie, who hails from a middle class family in north Kolkata. But the fourth time, I fought it out with them," she laughs.A German engineer and my boss asked me to get inside it and open a nut.Even before I realized what I was doing, my face was gushed by hydraulic oil.She wants women to break stereotypes and work in the male-dominated professions. I want them to work in the tunnel," said Annie who lives in HSR Layout with her husband, a techie.
“She must be a visitor.” That’s the murmur she heard when Annie Sinha Roy walked into the construction site of Delhi Metro on the first day of her job.“There were about 100 men, most of them labourers and a few engineers. There were no toilets, no place to sit and debris all around,” the country’s first and only woman tunnel engineer recalls.