Mumbai, March 21: Shiv Sena wants to change the names of Mumbai Suburban railway stations having British names. Sena requested Union government to change the names of suburban railway station of Mumbai which was given by Britishers.
Sena wants the name to be changed to the original names of the area they are located in. Grant Road could be renamed to Gamdevi, Charni Road may become Girgaum and Elphinstone Road may be simple called as Prabhadevi.
State Transport Minister and a senior leader of Sena Diwakar Raote took a delegation of party leaders to meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with other Sena members of parliament (MP) Arvind Sawant, Anandrao Adsul and Shrirang Barne to voice the demand.
As the subject of renaming the stations comes under Union Home Ministry, the delegation made a request to Singh.
Shiv Sena having a note about the philanthropist and scholar Jagannath Sunkersett, reiterated its demand to rename Mumbai Suburban railway station stations. For western line, the party wants Grant Road station to be called Gamdevi, Charni Road to be called Girgaum and change Elphinstone Road to Prabhadevi. On the harbour line, the Sena wants Sandhurst Road to be rechristened to Dongri, Cotton Green to Kalachowki, and Reay Road to Ghodapdeo. Similarly, on the central line of the suburban railway, the party wants Currey Road station to be renamed Lalbaug.
Sawant, a Shiv Sena MP from south Mumbai, said, “This should not in any way be seen as our demand for any Marathi-isation of the city. The simple logic is, all railway stations are by and large named after the areas they are located in. For example, Bandra, Sion, Chembur, Santacruz and so on. However, there are a few stations where the commonly known name of the area is something else, and the name of the station is as per what the British would call the area.”
Sawant said, “If the city has a Gamdevi police station and a Gamdevi post office, why is the railway station alone called Grant Road? Similarly, around Currey Road, the entire area is called Lalbaug. The ‘Lalbaug cha raja’ during the Ganpati festival has national fame. Then why should the station is called Currey Road?”
Earlier for maintaining the immune contribution of Sunkersett in making of Modern Mumbai, party insisted to change the name of south Mumbai to be named as Sunkersett, but the state government decided to name it after Chattrapati Shivaj, leaving little scope for the Sena to continue to press with its demand or protest.