Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - YOURSPACE -

im­por­tant, not only be­cause they rep­re­sent the lo­cal his­tory, but also for nav­i­ga­tion,” says Pankaj Joshi, pres­i­dent, Ur­ban De­sign Re­search In­sti­tute (UDRI). “This hap­pens with the renaming of chowks.”

Joshi said to do away with this con­fu­sion, there was a sug­ges­tion in the her­itage com­mit­tee to keep the new name and men­tion the old name in brack­ets. “That way, you have the his­tor­i­cal ref­er­ence and peo­ple won’t get con­fused.”

The zeal to In­di­anise lo­cal­i­ties and roads has also left in its trail some faux pas.

“When a name change is pro­posed by an elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the BMC, it is re­ferred to the re­spec­tive ward of­fi­cers., who are are re­spon­si­ble for in­spect­ing the area and en­sur­ing the new name falls in line with BMC norms,” said a se­nior civic official. “The name of a road can­not be changed if it is an In­dian name.”

There is a re­newed in­ter­est in nam­ing streets and rail­way sta­tions Streets and roads:

Cadell Road re­named Veer Savarkar Road

Co­laba Road, Co­laba Cause­way, Cus­tom House Road, and Mint Road to Shahid Bha­gat Singh Marg

Al­ta­mount Road to S K Bar­o­dawal­lah Marg

Rail­way sta­tions:

Vic­to­ria Ter­mi­nus to Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji Ma­haraj Ter­mi­nus Bom­bay Cen­tral to Mum­bai Cen­tral

El­phin­stone Road to Prab­hadevi Mu­se­ums:

Prince of Wales to Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji Ma­haraj Vastu Sanghralaya

Albert Mu­seum to Bhau Daji Lad Mu­seum

af­ter the 19th cen­tury so­cial re­former Ja­ganath (Nana) Shankarsheth, said De­sai of the BHLS. “Gun­bow street, re­named Rus­tom Sid­hwa Marg, was a name given by the Bri­tish to hon­our an In­dian, Gan­pat Sheth, one of Nana Shankarsheth’s an­ces­tors. Gun­bow was a cor­rupted form of Gan­bab, as he was fondly called,” De­sai said.

“But Gun­bow street was re­named Rus­tom Sid­hwa Marg as it was as­sumed to be a colo­nial name!”

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