In an unusual step, the Railways today asked an old sweeper and a gateman to inaugurate express trains at the Howrah station on Saturday.

Bala Devi, a sweeper at the Santraganchi railway station, and Nimai Chandra Bera, a gateman at the Goraghanta station, inaugurated two weekly superfast express trains - Howrah to Prasanthi Nilayam and Howrah to Shirdi.

“The duo will retire on the 28th of this month. So we decided to pay them a small tribute by requesting them to launch the trains. Though they are workers at the lower-level, yet they are very important to the organisation,” CPRO Soumitro Majumdar said.