Explained: How does the government change the name of the city and road? What is the procedure, how much does it cost?

We move from one city to another, but the cities do not move away from us. Cities live in our memories. The roads of the cities, the rivers, all the places where we spend time, all remain in our soul. When there is a change in the cities where you grow up, there is curiosity to know about that change. In the last few years, the names of many cities, roads and places have been changed continuously. In such a situation, it would be interesting to know how the government changes the name of a city, road and district and how much does it cost in this process?

Which cities were renamed in the last few years?

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Uttar Pradesh is at the forefront of renaming cities and roads. The Uttar Pradesh government renamed the Mughalsarai railway station after Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, Allahabad as Prayagraj, and Faizabad as Ayodhya. Along with these, the names of many districts like Aligarh, Farrukhabad are also in the process of changing.

The names of three cities of Madhya Pradesh have been changed. Birsinghpur Pali was renamed as Maa Birasini Dham in 2018, Hoshangabad as Narmadapuram in 2021 and Babai as Makhannagar in 2021 itself. The name of Bangalore has been changed to Bangaluru, and 12 other cities of Karnataka have also been renamed, in which Mysuru and Mangaluru are prominent.

In this sequence, the name of Gurgaon was changed to Gurugram. While the name of Mumbai’s Elphinstone Road was changed to Prabhadevi. In the last few years, many places in Delhi were also renamed. While Rajpath has been changed to Kartavya Path, Curzon Road has been changed to Kasturba Road. The name of Race Course was also changed to Lok Kalyan Marg. Similarly, the name of Aurangzeb Road was changed to APJ Abdul Kalam Road. Apart from this, Dalhousie Road was changed to Shikoh Road.

Who decides to rename a place?

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1. According to the guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs, before changing the name of a city, village, street, the sentiments of the local people have to be respected and care should be taken that the sentiments of the people are not hurt.

2. The local municipal corporation, or municipality, has an important role in changing the name. For example, if the name of Rajpath has been changed to Kartavya Path in Delhi, the decision would have been taken by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. If all the guidelines fit then the name of a road is changed.

3. The proposal to change the name of the district or city goes to the cabinet. After passing the proposal in the cabinet, the decision to change the name of the city is sealed. After the proposal is passed in the cabinet, a gazette (memorandum) of the new name is made. The official start of the new name is only after the gazette is done.

How much does it cost to change the name of a city?

A lot of money is spent in changing the name of any district, place or city. This expenditure ranges from Rs 200 crore to Rs 500 crore. On the other hand, if a change is made in the name of a state, then an expenditure of more than Rs 500 crore may be incurred. This expenditure depends on the fame of any city in the country and the world, how much money will be spent on changing the name. It may be noted that along with the new name of the city, the names of every official places including the railway station located there are changed, in which a considerable amount is spent.

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