Bipasa Hrangkhawal, a 26-year-old girl from the remote village of Khowai in Tripura has drawn the attention by being the first woman air traffic controller (ATC) of Tripura. A graduation degree holder in electronics and telecommunication engineering from Mumbai University, Bipasa had started her career in ATC in 2017 in the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport based in Mumbai. After a few months of work in Mumbai, she was shifted to Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport in Tripura as she had the responsibilities of looking after her ailing father.
It was a dream of her father to see her as an ATC officer which further made it a must for her to pursue. She, therefore, took it as an aim of her life to gain the necessary academic degrees to become an ATC officer and then finally being one. She added that on being persuaded by her father, she applied for the post. However, she had no idea on the pattern of questions and style of interview that she would be made to face in the selection process. Hence, she had made a prior preparation on the exam by researching about the job profile. On clearing the interview, six-month training was also undergone by her.
Bipasa Hrangkhawal added, "I feel proud that I am sitting in the ATC guiding aircraft. Working at the ATC is considered to be one of the most difficult jobs since we are constantly dealing with a number of flights carrying hundreds of passengers. One silly mistake can finish everything in seconds."
Being the first woman air traffic controller has also been accepted as a matter of pride and honour by Bipasa and she indeed is an inspiration for many other teens and women of the country with her out-of-the-box accomplishments. Her commitments towards fulfilling her father's dream, a strong bond of love and responsibilities towards her father and a down-to-earth attitude, it is for all these qualities that Bipasa deserves all the respect and love.