Ahead of the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, the ministry of railways has renamed Howrah-Kalka Mail as ‘Netaji Express.’
“Indian Railways is happy to announce the naming of 12311/12312 Howrah-Kalka Express as ‘Netaji Express.’ Netaji’s parakram had put India on the express route of freedom and development,” the railways said in a statement.
The statement came a day after the government of India decided to celebrate the birthday of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose as ‘Parakram Diwas’ on January 23 every year.
Kalka Mail was started in the 19th century as one of India’s early commercial passenger train services. It is said that after Netaji fled from his house in Kolkata in 1941, he took this train from Gomoh in Bihar.