Uttar Pradesh’s Manduadih railway station to be renamed as Banaras, Varanasi


Uttar Pradesh’s Manduadih railway station to be renamed as Banaras

After renaming the Mughalsarai Junction in Varanasi as Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya junction, the Uttar Pradesh government is all set to rename Manduadih railway station as Banaras railway station. The state’s request got approved by the Union Home Ministry on Monday. Apparently, the UP government has requested to change the name of the railway station that falls in Varanasi district as Banaras.

Now that the UP government has received a ‘no objection certificate’, the work will soon begin to change the name. For the name changing process, approval of the home ministry is required. To rename any village or town or a city, an executive order is required while for changing the name of a state, amendment of the Constitution with majority in Parliament is needed.

Varanasi, also known as Benaras, Banaras and Kashi, is also Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency. In 2014, he chose Varanasi and won Lok Sabha polls from the city. While Kashi is the ancient name of the city, Varanasi is the amalgamation of Varuna and Asi, name of the two rivers in the region. Banaras, on the other hand, means bana rahe ras, which actually reflects the original culture of the city as people here know how to enjoy and live their lives to the fullest.

In October 2017, the name of Mughalsarai Junction, which is a prominent station in Uttar Pradesh near Varanasi, was changed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay junction. Manduadih, likewise, is another region in Varanasi around four kilometres from Varanasi Cantt Station. The place is known for the factory of Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), where engine parts of the train are made.

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