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Next station ‘Prabhadevi’: Elphinstone Road railway station gets a new name


After naming Oshiwara, an upcoming railway station in the Western line of Mumbai suburban railway to Ram Mandir, the Maharashtra government passed a resolution to change the name of Elphinstone Road railway station to Prabhadevi.

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Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said Shiv Sena leaders and residents of the Elphinstone locality had demanded the change in the name, according to Firstpost. Meanwhile the details for the change in name have been sent to the Ministry of Railways in Delhi.

Apart from renaming the Elphinstone Road, Chief Minister has also proposed renaming of two other places, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.

The station is currently named after John Elphinstone, 13th Lord Elphinstone, The Governor of Bombay during British Era from 1853 to 1860. And the Prabhadevi temple which is situated in the vicinity was built about 300 years ago and is significant to the city’s history. The Mumbai International Airport was earlier known as Sahara International Airport and renamed to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in 1999, whereas the government had renamed the Victoria Terminus to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in 1996.

Various political parties have demanded that the names of three Mumbai suburban railway stations be also changed. They are Dadar railway station to Chaityabhumi, Grant Road railway station to August Kranti and Charni Road railway station to Gaondevi.