Renaming of Elphinstone Road station to Prabhadevi comes into effect today

Renaming of Elphinstone Road station to Prabhadevi comes into effect today
The change in name came into effect a year after the decision was approved by the centre

The change in the name of suburban Elphinstone station on the Western Railway to Prabhadevi came into effect from midnight on Tuesday, a year after the change was approved by the centre.

According to an official statement from Western Railway, necessary changes were being made to the station boards, indicators and PA system for the benefit of passengers.

The new station code for Prabhadevi will be PBHD.

Shiv Sena was the first party to demand that suburban stations with ‘colonial’ names in Mumbai be renamed.

Sena’s demand received the support of all the major parties of the state and the Maharashtra Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to this effect during the winter session in Nagpur on December 16, 2016.

The station, which was named after Lord Elphinstone, the Governor of Bombay Presidency from 1853 to 1860, has now been renamed in honour of a local deity.

The name change came into effect months after 23 people were killed and over 50 injured in a rush-hour stampede at the foot-over bridge in September last year.


Update

The name change was aptly documented by noted rail historian and author Rajendra B. Aklekar on Twitter. The following tweets chronicle the change.

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