Re­name Mal­abar Hill to Ramnagari: Sena cor­po­ra­tor

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - St­effy The­var

MUMBAI:A Shiv Sena cor­po­ra­tor has de­manded that Mal­abar Hill be re­named to ‘Ramnagari’ as he claims the place has mytho­log­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance.

Dilip Lande, who is also the Im­prove­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man, said the pro­posal will be put for­ward to the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) and dis­cussed at the up­com­ing gen­eral body meet­ing on De­cem­ber 13.

“The name Mal­abar Hill came about af­ter the Bri­tish in­vaded the coun­try. While read­ing a book, I came across the in­for­ma­tion that when Lord Ram and Lak­sh­man were on their way to search Sita, they stopped at this place to rest. I de­mand that the name be changed so all those liv­ing in the city know about this fact,” said Lande.

Lande put for­ward this pro­posal at BMC’S monthly meet­ing. The pro­posal will now be sent to the ad­min­is­tra­tion for re­marks on whether such a change can be done or not.

“Ear­lier, when MNS put for­ward the pro­posal, the Shiv Sena had op­posed it. Also, Mal­abar is a ge­o­graph­i­cal name, which has no con­nec­tion with

the Bri­tish or Mughals. The area was named af­ter the pi­rates who came from Mal­abar in this coast, so this name chang­ing ex­er­cise is fu­tile,” In­drani Malkani, founder-trus­tee of Mal­abar Hill Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion, said.

The Shiv Sena had ear­lier made de­mands to change the names of cities in Ma­ha­rash­tra – Au­rangabad to Samb­haji Na­gar and Os­man­abad to Dha­rashiv.

The most re­cent de­mand was to made by the Samb­haji Bri­gade to re­name Pune to Ji­japur.

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