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To Give ‘Local Flavour,’ Maharashtra Plans To Change Names Of Six More Railway Stations

Published on 18 December, 2016 at 6:35 pm By

With less than two months to go for the all-important municipal elections in Mumbai and neighbouring cities such as Thane, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra is making every effort to wrest the corporations held by the Shiv Sena.


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As a result, the state government in Maharashtra is going for a name change of six railway stations.

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Reports suggest that the state government has zeroed in on six more stations for a possible name change to appease the locals — Marine Lines, Charni Road, Grant Road, Dadar, Sandhurst Road and Reay Road.

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Earlier, Oshiwara became Ram Mandir, Elphinstone Road has become Prabhadevi, and CST is getting ‘Maharaj’ added to it. According to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the addition of the honorific Maharaj was necessary to give the Maratha warrior his due respect. Moreover, Prabhadevi is among the prominent patron goddesses of Mumbai – the others being Mumbadevi, Mahalaxmi, Gamdevi, Shitladevi.

Politicians say the name changing game is the result to the demands of locals who want to bring out the “local flavour”.


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According to Railway ministry officials, they have no role to play when it comes to changing names of stations as it is the state government or the home ministry that takes action on this. But following the change, the railways has to make changes in the Passenger Announcement and ticketing systems, train indicators, and name boards on platforms.

The move is also seen as a major step by the BJP to make it more appealing to Maharashtrians and move one step ahead in coming out of Modi effect.

But as usual, Twitteratis have their own take on the move:




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