On Thursday, the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government approved the proposal to rename Mumbai Central railway station as Nana Shankar Sheth. The state government will send this cabinet proposal to the Centre for approval. Shiv Sena has been long demanding to change the name of Mumbai Central Terminus after Jagannath Shankar Sheth for his contribution to the city and the growth of railways in its pioneer years. He is also considered as the 'father of the Indian railways'
In 2017, Shiv Sena member Arvind Sawant in the Lok Sabha had demanded that the Mumbai Central station should be rechristened after Jagannath Shankar Seth. Apart from Mumbai Central, Sawant also demanded that Charni Road station be renamed as Girgaum, Elphinstone Road as Prabhadevi, Curry Road as Lalbaug and Sandhurst Road as Dongri. Sena says most of these railway stations have colonial names.
In 2018, the Western Railway rechristened the Elphinstone Road station as Prabhadevi. The WR had issued a notification to this effect in Mumbai after which the station, which was named after Lord Elphinstone, the Governor of Bombay Presidency from 1853 to 1860, was changed in honour of a local deity.
During the earlier Shiv Sena-BJP regime between 1995 and 1999, Victoria Terminus was rechristened as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.
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