Mumbai’s Elphinstone Road station renamed as Prabhadevi
Mumbai: Some days the Central Railway (CR) renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Maharaj, the West Railway (WR) renamed the Elphinstone Road station as Prabhadevi.
The WR has issued a notification to this effect in Mumbai on Wednesday. The station, named after Lord Elphinstone, presided over by the governor of Bombay from 1853 to 1860, has changed its name in honor of a local deity.
“The notification regarding the name change of the station has been issued, and that steps are taken to make the necessary changes, including updating our system,” said public relations chief WR Ravinder Bhakar.
“It will take almost a week to complete all the paperwork to change the name,” he added. The WR said the PBHD’s initial code the ski resort would be seraient.
It was Shiv Sena who had first been renamed some suburban stations in Mumbai, claiming they wore “colonial” names.
In December last year, the Maharashtra legislature had passed a bill to rename the Elphinstone Road station, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and Mumbai airport.
In welcoming the name change of the station, Shiv Sena member Arvind Sawant told PTI: “It is good that we accept our demands. But we always address this issue (renaming more stations) with the Government of State and the Ministry of Railways. ”
“I asked that several suburban stations be renamed as a sign of respect for local luminaries. I asked Currey station road is called Lalbaugh, road Sandhurst station as Dongri, Reay road as Ghodapdeo, green cotton as Kalachowki, central Mumbai as Nana Chowk, Grant Road as Gaondevi, etc. I am convinced that our requests are for a wider audience, “said Sawant.
The Sena lawsuit had received the support of all state parties. The Maharashtra Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution in that regard last year.
The government led by the BJP sought the insertion of the word “Maharaj” in the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
In May of this year, the Center approved the recommendations of the State Government.
Last week, Mumbai’s main station Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus was renamed with the addition of a “Maharaj” honorary post “Shivaji” in its former name.
The reference point was British which was Victoria Terminus, before being named so by the warrior king Maratha a couple of decades ago, which is now known as the “Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Bombay”.