Delhi Metro gets proposal: Name station after M Visvesvaraya

Karnataka MPs suggest station near Karnataka Bhawan be named after Visvesvaraya; Cong criticises move

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:August 20, 2014 2:31 am
Congress said naming stations after persons would inconvenience commuters who identify stations with the name of a locality or a colony. (Archive) Congress said naming stations after persons would inconvenience commuters who identify stations with the name of a locality or a colony. (Archive)

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has been asked to consider naming Metro stations after distinguished personalities such as late M Visvesvaraya and late Durgabai Deshmukh. The proposal was mooted at a meeting chaired by Urban Development and Housing Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday.

A senior official in the ministry said, “Several Karnataka MPs had requested that the station coming up near Karnataka Bhawan be named after M Visvesvaraya, a renowned engineer who belonged to Muddenahalli, a village in Karnataka. The name of Durgabai Deshmukh, a freedom fighter and social activist, was also mentioned for the same.”

However, the Congress criticised the move and said the convenience of the people should be given top priority. “We had also received similar demands earlier, but we did not heed them keeping in mind the convenience of the commuters of Delhi. Commuters identify stations by the name of a colony or area, not by the name of a personality,’’ DPCC spokesperson Mukesh Sharma said.

Besides, the ministry has also asked DMRC to re-examine the names of some existing Metro stations so that there is no confusion among commuters.

“This direction was given since several stations are named after areas which are actually located far from the station. For instance, Tughlaqabad is located at least five kilometres from the Tughlaqabad Metro station. But a person travelling to Tughlakabad will get off at this station because of its name,’’ an official said.

DMRC has also been asked to undertake a survey for extending the Metro rail line to Narela-Kutubgarh and Kondli. This move is important since housing projects of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will be coming up in Narela and Kondli.

“Many people are not interested in being allotted houses in areas such as Narela because of commuting issues. There is lack of proper public transport infrastructure there. But the extension of the Metro line to this area will change that,’’ a DDA official said.

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    jo
    Apr 27, 2015 at 10:56 am
    Like Rajiv Chowk?
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      S.Gonesh
      Aug 20, 2014 at 4:08 am
      Let the people decide the names. Take away all muslims namesand rename them. In Hindu India all must be Hindus. The anti- HinduCongress has nothing to say this.
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        Brijkhanna
        Aug 20, 2014 at 1:54 pm
        DMRC HAVE SO FAR AVOIDED NAMING STATION AFTER THE NAME OF ANY LEADER, EXCETION RAJIV CHOWK. STATION NEAR KARNATKA BHAVAN BE NAMED KARNATAKA BHAVAN OR THE NAME OF LOCALITY RATHER THAN AFTER ANY PERSONALITY.
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          rittu chawla
          Aug 20, 2014 at 2:45 am
          sirwe should name stations which can be easily pronounced and remembrable
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            dinesh hassija
            Aug 20, 2014 at 3:24 am
            station name has to be known by the area as a matter of convenience... suggestions for naming stations in the name of politicians might actually be misuse of power/ over reacting ....
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              Jadu
              Aug 20, 2014 at 12:53 pm
              This is a good move by the NDA Govt initiating national integration by naming South names in north and north names in south.
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                Styx
                Aug 20, 2014 at 4:44 pm
                There's two aspects to this matter:- Should a Kannadiga name, which North Indians find difficult to pronounce and identify with, be used as the name of a station?- Should a person's name be used for a station at all? Or should a station be named after the locality it is in?Common sense dictates that stations be named after localities. But if we had to get into the w "South Indian name, difficult to pronounce" issue, then the North Indians should just deal with it. Delhi is the national capital and it should feel like home to Indians from every corner.
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                  common
                  Aug 20, 2014 at 10:52 am
                  Then why every where Rajiv street or Nehru street? Just because India had independence and that these people happened to be the prime ministers, nearly thousands of schemes get these names. Visvesvaraya gave us the slogan that either we industrialize or perish. but nation chose socialisation of wealth and we are struggling with the schemes named after them which according to Rajiv hi had siphoned off 85% for corruption. Let Congress go on hunger strike to improve their health
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