Friday, December 09, 2016

Maharashtra govt again renames airport & CST, adds ‘Maharaj’

The state cabinet on Thursday decided to rename the city airport and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) in order to add the honorific 'Maharaj' to the name. So the new names will now be Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT).
A legislator who did not wish to be named said the renaming seemed to have been done to woo the Maratha community, particularly in view of Maratha morchas across the state to demand reservations.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said the demand to add 'Maharaj' to the names was an old one. Vinayak Mete of the Shiv Sangram Party had first raised the issue last year.
who supports the BJP-led state government, had raised the issue in the legislative council during last year's winter session of the state legislature in Nagpur. He had then said the names of the airport and CST referred to the great Maratha warrior in "singular terms".
The proposal will now be sent to the Union government for its approval.
Girish Bapat, food and civil supplies minister, said the change had been made in honour of the Maratha hero who was a king.
09/12/16 The Times Of India
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