In a bid to revive Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya’s legacy, the name of the iconic Mughalsarai railway station near Varanasi has been changed to Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (DDU) station. Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya was a Jan Sangh leader who died in 1968. The proposal to change the name was given by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s cabinet, as per a report by The Indian Express. His proposal came on the day when Adityanath government was celebrating the centenary of Upadhyay. The Centre, in early August, approved the proposal to rename the Mughalsarai railway station in Uttar Pradesh. The move had earlier, led to an uproar in Parliament after several MPs including Samajwadi Party’s Naresh Agarwal protested against the Centre’s decision to give nod to renaming the junction after Upadhyay.
In addition to this, as a long-term plan, every year, a Nagar Panchayat in a district out of the total 438 municipal panchayats in UP, will be declared as ‘Panch Deen Dayal Upadhyay Adarsh Nagar Panchayat’, as per various media houses reports. Under this, the basic facilities of the Nagar Panchayat will be ensured for the public.
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The junction is the fourth busiest railway station in the country and is located on the main Howrah-Delhi Grand Chord line. The Uttar Pradesh government, headed by Yogi Adityanath, had in June approved the proposal of renaming the station and forwarded it to the Ministry of Railways for final approval. As per Wikipedia, the station contains the largest railway marshalling yard in Asia. It is 12.5 km long and handles around 1,500 wagons daily. The largest wagon repair workshop of the Indian Railways is also located here.