“Changing Of Names Of Stations Won’t Lead To Trains Coming On Time,” Says UP Minister

The Logical Indian Crew Uttar Pradesh

August 6th, 2018 / 2:55 PM

UP Minister Mughalsarai Railway Station

Image Credits: Navbharat Times, India Today

On August 5, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and railway minister Piyush Goyal, inaugurated the new Deen Dayal Upadhyay railway station. This station was formerly known as the Mughalsarai junction.

There are many who have opposed this move, deeming it unnecessary. One of the voices of dissent came from within the Yogi government itself. Om Prakash Rajbhar, who represents the Zahoorabad constituency of Uttar Pradesh and the president of Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, an ally of BJP, said, “Changing of names of stations won’t lead to trains coming on time. The government should rectify the mismanagement in Indian Railways,” as quoted by ANI.

Mughalsarai to Deen Dayal Upadhyaya junction

The assent to change the name of the railway station was given on paper by UP governor Ram Naik in June. The renaming of the iconic railway station was proposed by Adityanath in August last year and the centre then had given its in-principle approval to the state government’s proposal to rename the station.

It is to be noted that the station is renamed after the RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay who was found dead under mysterious circumstances near the station in February 1968. Mughalsarai is also the birthplace of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Before the inauguration, parts of the building were painted saffron and signboards with the new name were put up. This station also holds the distinction of being one of the oldest and the biggest railway junctions in the state.

On the day of inauguration, Amit Shah and others also flagged off a passenger train with all women crew and a goods train. The leaders also launched a project to upgrade the yard at the station, reported Firstpost.

The Logical Indian take

It is to be noted that as per the national survey conducted for 2017 by a portal RailYatri, the trains originating from, arriving at or passing through Uttar Pradesh face an average delay of 95 minutes, as reported by The Times of India. Ranking second on the list, only after Bihar, the delay is much worse than the national average of 53 minutes. It remains a fact that the Allahabad-Mughalsarai section is one of the most erratic and congestion-prone stretch which regularly causes delay and cancellation of even premium trains, also causing cascading effect on punctuality of all the trains on the route. Although there was a proposal to augment tracks on those routes, it would take some time for that to be a reality.

When there are major issues like this, the government deems the name of the station as the topmost priority. This move, by all means, is a futile work, considering that so many other problems need immediate attention.

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Written by : Shraddha Goled

Edited by : Poorbita Bagchi

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