The iconic Teen Murti Chowk and Teen Murti Marg in Delhi are all set to be renamed as Teen Murti ‘Haifa’ Chowk and Teen Murti ‘Haifa’ Marg respectively and the change is likely to be effected within a fortnight – there is a deadline beckoning. Now what does ‘Haifa’ refer to? Well, it is a city in Israel. But there is a historical link to the whole renaming exercise as the city is connected to a major event. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has made a proposal to rename the famous circle with the aim to boost relations between India and Israel ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country in July this year. The proposal will be presented at the Council meeting to be presided over by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday, reported DNA.
Now it has been proposed to change the name of Teen Murti circle located next to the Nehru Memorial Library and Museum and the street. According to a senior official, the proposal, which is on the top agenda, was to be presented in the meeting on Tuesday but now the meeting stands postponed to Thursday. The draft resolution will be placed before the Council on that day to consider the proposed renaming, he said. After the proposal passes, the locations will be renamed, if that decision is cleared, under clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 231 of the NDMC Act-1994, officials told DNA.
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In 2015 as well, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma-led Ministry of Culture and Tourism had proposed the renaming of these streets with the aim of honouring the three cavalry regiments of the Indian Army who fought the Battle of Haifa in Israel in 1918, during the First World War when soldiers successfully captured Haifa.
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In the past, several roads in Lutyen’s Delhi have been renamed including Race Corse Road to Lok Kalyan Marg and Aurangzeb Road to APJ Abdul Kalam Road.