Mughalsarai station becomes Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction now

Mughalsarai station becomes Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction now

Courtesy : NJ 06/08/2018 09:10

Mughalsarai Junction in Uttar Pradesh will be formally renamed after RSS ideologue Deen dayal upadhya today. Ahead of the ceremony, the building was touched up with saffron paint at places and signboards with the new name being put up.

BJP president Amit shah, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will attend the ceremony and will also flag off a passenger train and a goods train with an all-woman crew.

The three leaders will also launch a smart yard project at the century-old station on the busy Delhi-Howrah route.

Upadhyay was found dead in mysterious circumstances near the Mughalsarai station in February 1968. Mughalsarai is also the birth place of former prime minister Lal bahadur shastri.The leaders will launch a project to upgrade the yard at the station, officials said.

Ekatmata Express, now set to follow a new route from Lucknow to Mughalsarai, will get the green signal.

Railway officials said it will be the first time in the country that an all-woman crew runs a goods train.Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha, UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and other senior BJP leaders will also be present.

On paper, Mughalsarai station got a new name after Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik gave his assent to the proposal in June.The UP government headed by Yogi Adityanath had in June last year decided to rename Mughalsarai Junction in Chandauli district after Upadhyaya, who was found dead near the station in mysterious circumstances in 1968. 

After the approval of the state cabinet, the proposal was forwarded to the Railway Ministry. It was then sent to Raj Bhavan for the Governor's assent to rename the station, which is among the busiest in the country.A notification in this regard was issued by the state government on June 4. 

The move drew flak from the opposition which accused the ruling party of attempting to tamper with history.

 

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