Maharastra’s Ahmednagar renamed as Ahilya Nagar: Cabinet Approves

Maharashtra Cabinet on Wrdnesday approved to rename the city of Ahmednagar as Ahilyanagar.

The Maharashtra Cabinet declared its intention to rename Ahmednagar district as Ahilya Nagar on Wednesday in honor of the 18th-century Maratha queen Ahilyabai Holkar.

The proposal to rename the city was first announced by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde in May last year.

The suggestion to change the city’s name was initially put forward by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde in May of the previous year during the 298th birth anniversary celebration of the 18th-century queen Ahilyabai Holkar. The occasion saw the presence of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, and BJP MLA Gopichand Padalkar, among others.

The Bharatiya Janata Party had been advocating for the renaming of Ahmednagar district following the renaming of Maharashtra’s Aurangabad and Osmanabad as Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar and Dharashiv, respectively.

Expressing his views on the renaming of Ahmednagar, BJP MLA Gopichand Padalkar stated to news agency ANI, “Ahmednagar’s name should be changed to Ahilya Nagar. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis changed the names of Aurangabad and Osmanabad after widespread demand. In line with that, people are also urging for the name change of Ahmednagar to Ahilya Nagar.”

Amidst various announcements, the decision to rename Ahmednagar district was made, alongside other significant changes such as renaming seven railway stations in Mumbai, which previously bore British era names.

Upon approval, Curry Road will be called Lalbaug, Sandhurst Road will be designated Dongri, and Marine Lines will be referred to as Mumbadevi. Additionally, Cotton Green station will be named Kalachowki, Charni Road will be rebranded as Girgaon, Dockyard Road as Mazgaon, and King Circle as Tirthakar Parshivnath. Furthermore, the Cabinet has proposed renaming Mumbai Central Station to Nana Jagannath Shankarsheth Station, awaiting approval from the railways ministry.

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In another development, the Maharashtra Cabinet has sanctioned the acquisition of 2.5 acres of land in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, to establish a Maharashtra Bhavan. This proposal had been previously outlined in the state budget during the prior session of the Maharashtra Assembly.

The Maharashtra Cabinet has approved the construction of a sea link between Uttan (Bhayander) and Virar (Palghar).

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