Mumbai Central May Be Renamed, Maha Govt Sends Proposal To Centre

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Mumbai Central May Be Renamed, Maha Govt Sends Proposal To Centre

The Maharashtra government has sent a proposal to the central government to rename Mumbai Central Terminus. It has been proposed to rename Mumbai Central Terminus to Nana Shankarsheth Mumbai Central Terminus. The central government has yet to take a decision on this proposal. The Lok Sabha was informed about it. 

Mumbai Central Soon To Be Renamed

There is still a huge question mark over whether or not Mumbai Central Terminus will be renamed. Nityanand Rai, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, informed us that decisions in such matters always take time. The reason behind this is that such decisions are taken after proper consideration of relevant facts and various government agencies.

He said that the Maharashtra government has sent in a proposal with a recommendation. Namdar Jagannath (Nana) Shankarsheth Pratishthan, Mumbai, has not communicated with the central government regarding this (as reported by The Economic Times).

According to the officials, the consent to change the name of any station or place is given by the Union Home Ministry only after taking NOCs (no objections) from the Department of Posts and Survey of India and also the Ministry of Railways.

These organisations have to make sure that the proposed name is not similar to any town or village in their records.

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Nana Played A Key Role In Mumbai’s Development

Jagannath Shankarsheth, who was fondly known as Nana Shankarsheth, was an important industrialist, philanthropist, and educationist. He was born into a Brhmin family but gave up all the duties of a priest and got into trade.

He contributed to the development of Mumbai by bankrolling public buildings, museums, and educational institutions.

In order to introduce railroads to India, he and Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy founded the Indian Railway Association in 1845. The Great Indian Peninsula Railway ultimately incorporated this organisation, giving Jeejeebhoy and Shankarsheth two director seats. Shankarsheth was a director on the first passenger train to ever travel on Indian land, which travelled between Bombay and Thane on April 16, 1853.

Dadar TT flyover and Nana Chowk near Tardeo are already named after him.

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