Faizabad station will now be called “Ayodhya Cantt” after the UP government’s decision was approved by the central government on Saturday. The development occurred shortly after the office of UP CM Yogi Adityanath proposed the plan.
Meanwhile, the opposition called the move an attempt to “play with Hindu sentiments” for political ends. The chief minister, however, justified the name change, saying it is part of efforts to “restore the rich historical and cultural identity” of the place.
The station will be called Ayodhya Cantt Station, the UP CM office tweeted, adding that the decision was made by the chief minister. In another tweet, the CM office said the Center had also given its consent to the decision and that Adityanath had given the green signal to issue a notification in this regard.
Earlier in 2018, Yogi Adityanath’s government renamed Faizabad to Ayodhya. The BJP government had also changed the name of Allahabad to Prayagraj and the Mughalsarai railway junction as Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay junction.
Opened in 1874, Faizabad station is part of the northern rail zone. It reports to the Lucknow-Varanasi section.
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