The Maharashtra government has changed the name of three railway stations in Mumbai and plans to rename six more. Oshiwara has been renamed Ram Mandir (the name-change delayed its opening earlier this year); Elphinstone Road has been re-christened Prabhadevi; and Chhtatrapati Shivaji Terminus, which was changed from Victoria Terminus two decades ago, is getting an additional ‘Maharaj’ to its name.
The other proposed changes are:
1. Charni Road to Girgaum
2. Dadar to Chaityabhoomi
3. Grant Road to Gamdevi
4. Marine Lines to Sonapur
5. Reay Road to Ghodapdeo
6. Sandhurst Road to Dongri
A senior railway official has said that they have no role in this name-change and that it is decided by the Home Ministry and the State Government. The name-change could be due to the upcoming municipal elections to be held early next year. Politicians have said that they have received demands to add a bit of “local flavour” to these station names.