Home Ministry clears renaming of Mughalsarai as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya station

Sources said the railway ministry has also been asked to make changes in its records so that there is no ambiguity for passengers while making reservations.

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Updated: August 4, 2017 8:29 am
mughalsarai station, mughalsarai station rename, deen dayal upadhyay station, up railway station renaming, indian express news Largest marshalling yard in Asia. (Source: Express Photo/Anand Singh)

THE ICONIC Mughalsarai railway station near Varanasi is all set to be renamed as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (DDU) station, after the Jan Sangh leader who died in 1968. Officials told The Indian Express that the central government has approved a proposal from the Yogi Adityanath Cabinet in Uttar Pradesh to rename the station as part of its attempts to revive the legacy of Upadhyaya.

Officials said that a no-objection certificate (NOC) will be sent to the UP government soon. They said that the Intelligence Bureau, Geographical Survey of India, Department of Posts, Ministry of Earth Sciences and Ministry of Railways have informed the Union Home Ministry that they have “no objection” to renaming the station. Under government guidelines for renaming railway stations, villages, towns and cities, it is mandatory for state governments to obtain an NOC from the Home Ministry.

“There was no adverse report from any agency and once the NOC is handed over to the state government, they can remove the name Mughalsarai. A notification will be issued by the Public Works Department of Uttar Pradesh informing the Department of Posts and GSI so that the general public do not face any inconvenience when referring to Mughalsarai railway station as DDU station,” said a senior government official.

Sources said the railway ministry has also been asked to make changes in its records so that there is no ambiguity for passengers while making reservations. In its proposal, the UP government pointed to the mysterious death of Upadhyaya at the Mughalsarai station as one of the primary reasons to rename the station, said another official. Mughalsarai is the largest marshalling yard in Asia and is considered one of the oldest railway stations.

In June, the UP government gave its green signal for the proposal to rename the station after Upadhyaya. In July, the Home Ministry received a request from UP for a no-objection certificate (NOC). In April, the UP government had decided to name the Agra airport after Upadhyaya. Last month, the Home Ministry granted an NOC to rename Farah Town railway station near Mathura in UP after Upadhyaya.

The proposal to rename Farah Town was pending before the Centre since last year and was first made by the previous Akhilesh Yadav government. Upadhyaya was born in Nagla Chandrabhan village near Mathura. In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Nagla Chandrabhan to mark the first anniversary of the NDA government after the house in which Upadhyaya stayed was renovated.

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  1. M
    Aug 4, 2017 at 1:23 pm
    Now the railway station will be of world class. All train passing through will be on time. All people will get confirmed berths. Toilets will be clean and water will be available. See, the changes will take place, just by changing the name of the station. I sincerely hope, the Govt. will change names of all railway stations in the country to provide best services to the hapless citizen, who are unnecessarily complaining . Really great move.
    1. K
      Aug 4, 2017 at 1:02 pm
      In which country of the world you can find cities, roads, building named after it's invaders? India!In which country a significant portion of it's people,protest against change of these names of invaders to the names of people of the land? India! In which country, the ruling party for most of it's history, and currently most of the opposition parties want to retain the names of invaders? India!Wow.
      1. S
        Aug 4, 2017 at 11:08 am
        Government should focus on improving quality of services and facilities in train and in stations. Naming and renaming are just emotional game plans which will not benefit people.
        1. V
          Aug 4, 2017 at 11:07 am
          This is very danger again when congress come it will be re name our india indulge only in these and became terrorist state if these govt re elected again in 2019. We youth of India must open our eyes and make as congress dream to be super power by 2020. Already we are involving in cow matha cow lynching.... Dalits killing.. Muslims killing .. Kashmir is burning... all innonence getting killed on daily basis.. Now body knows what going to happen if these same government re elected in 2019... Down with BJP Rule .. Congress ZindaBad... Jai Hind
          1. M
            Aug 4, 2017 at 1:31 pm
            You are misquoting or understanding the facts. How you will control the population, which is inching to 130 crores. The sporadic killing and lynching will become a normal affair. All weak bodied people will be wiped out from the country, which will be shining like a star in the world. Just imagine, a population of around 30 crores, no traffic jams, plenty of house and vast stretch of agriculture land and affordable food. You have to think for the future. Surely Ache Din is coming and I am waiting for Ache Din !!!.
          2. s
            Aug 4, 2017 at 10:39 am
            Home ministryBihar govt first need to change the name of 'Baktiyarpur' in Nalanda district. Its a shame for whole India that we still have a place named after the invader islamist bstd Bakhtiyar Khilji who burnt Nalanda University.
            1. T
              Aug 4, 2017 at 10:09 am
              word Mughal is there so the change all other reasons are humbug. the right thing would have been to build a new station and name it after DDU but then Feku56 is all gas no asset creation Govt
              1. S
                syed ansar
                Aug 4, 2017 at 10:03 am
                Sanghi fellowes think that by changing the names of roads and railway stations and renaming them with personalities of their clan would change the history and make those who were loyal to british raj the freedom fighters......it is fact that muslim emperors ruled the country with exemplary justice to all the subjects, fair and equal treatment with all without any bias on religious ground.....if they are so jittery of muslims why speech from ramparts of lal quila is of great previlige...
                1. T
                  Aug 4, 2017 at 10:19 am
                  India is a Hindu majority nation where other minorities have to be tolerated. In India, more than 65 percent locations and points of interest have been of Moghul age, it is perfect to rename them. Every nation has the right to protect it's majority interests. Faridabad, Ahmedabad, Jahangirpura, Fatehgunj and many such names.
                2. L
                  Aug 4, 2017 at 9:39 am
                  Rajan, tell me whether Pappu parti ted in freedom struggle?
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