Coming as a big relief for residents residing between Jogeshwari and Goregaon, the Fadnavis Government on Friday announced the opening of a new station on the Western Line in Mumbai. Though the new station was supposed to be inaugurated on November 27 by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, it has now been postponed.
The soon-to-be commissioned station between Jogeshwari and Goregaon, was called Oshiwara till now in the Western Railway files, but now it has been renamed as Ram Mandir. This is after the state government notified the name change and intimated the railways about it. The change in name is the result of a campaign which was led by by BJP leader Vidya Thakur and Shiv Sena leader Gajanan Kirtikar.
The reason BJP Leader Vidya Thakur’s demand for name change was accepted, was because the whole adjoining area near the station is famous for the Ram Mandir temple situated in the vicinity and has been known as Ram Mandir from decades- be it the roads or the bus depots. People living in local housing societies mention Ram Mandir in their addresses, too. So any speculation regarding the name change of the station should be dismissed. Politicians from other political parties are trying to give this name change move a religious colour, inviting ire of locals.
The Railway officials have made the required arrangements to meet the projected demand at the station. Local trains will be given a 10-15 second halt at the new station once operations begin. The railway authorities will tweak the timetable so that the local services schedule doesn’t get affected and a 30-second buffer will be kept between two trains.
The railways will add 36 services to accommodate the new station, allowing around two lakh commuters on the Goregaon-Andheri belt with ease of travel. Till yesterday, WR authorities had installed indicators, platform numbers, granite seats and a roof over the platforms.
In the last few decades, the image and presence of Shiv Sena councillors among the new middle class has definitely taken a hit, and people have turned more towards the BJP.