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The iconic CSMT station illuminated and the historic Punjab Mail flagged off by Freedom Fighters

Azadi Ki Rail Gadi Aur Stations

July 22, 2022

Central Railway gave a memorable start to the iconic week of the “Azaadi ki Rail Gaadi aur Stations” event with various activities organized as part of the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” celebrations on 18.7.2022 at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Mumbai.

Shri Anant Laxman Gurav and Shri Motilal Shankar Ghongade, both Freedom fighters and families of 7 more freedom fighters flagged off the historic Punjab Mail from platform no 18, CSMT in presence of Shri Anil Kumar Lahoti, General Manager, Central Railway, Shri Shalabh Goel, Divisional Railway Manager, Mumbai Division.  Both the Freedom fighters along with families of 7 more Freedom fighters were also felicitated during the event.

Speaking to the media, the General Manager said “Railways have played an important role in the freedom struggle movement.  It is a matter of pride that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Pune, Satara, and Nashik Road stations of Central Railway and Punjab Mail and Hutatma Express from Central Railway has been selected to be a part of this “Azaadi ki Rail Gaadi aur Stations” event. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Mumbai is an important part of history since the first train on Indian sub-continent ran from here and Mumbai has been one of the centres of the freedom struggle movement. It is also a proud moment for Central Railway that one of the most prestigious and oldest train, the Punjab Mail has been flagged off today.

The oldest and one of the most prestigious trains on the Central Railway, the Punjab Mail was one of the 27 trains selected by Indian Railways to be decorated and flagged off as part of the celebrations. The Punjab Mail, which had its maiden run out of Ballard Pier Mole station on 1st June 1912, completed 110 years of its service recently.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, a UNESCO World Heritage site, city icon, and headquarters of the Central Railway was one among the 75 Railway Stations selected as one of the most photographed buildings in India and was specially illuminated to commemorate this historic occasion.

The “Azaadi ki Rail Gaadi aur Stations” event also featured Nukkad Natak by artists of Central Railway and Deshbhakti songs by the Central Railway RPF band.  Principal Head of Departments, Senior Officers from Headquarters, and Mumbai Division of Central Railway were also present during the occasion.