ST Bureau ; Kolkata,14 February: The flagging off the inaugural run of 130664 Balurghat to Howrah five days a week Express train,along with the inauguration of the first phase of Kolkata’s East West Metro railway service, has brought a unique sense of joy to Railway minister Piyush Goyal here last evening since the train number somehow coincided with his birthday as well as with the year of his birth.
Since I was born on 13 June 1964, the train number of Balurghat- Howrah Express, which was 130664, had made to realise that it was having the same number signifying my date of birth as well as the year, the Railway minister said during his speech at the inaugural function here last evening.
He said during his nearly three years long stay at the Railway ministry, he never paid any attention to the number of any train which was being fixed by the concerned Railway zones,since he had nothing to do with the train numbers.
‘But today I somehow looked at the train number of Balurghat- Howrah Express sitting at the dais here and found that it strangely coincided with my birth day as well the year of my birth’, he said amid laughter and long clapping from the packed audience.
The railway minister arrived in the city here yesterday to formally inaugurate the first phase of the city’s pride East West Metro Railway after a long delay.