Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has announced that the city of Hoshangabad in the state will be renamed as Narmadapuram and a proposal to this effect will be sent to the Center.
He made this announcement during the Narmada Jayanti program held in Hoshangabad on Friday evening.
Addressing a gathering on the banks of the Narmada, Mr. Chauhan asked if the government should change the name of Hoshangabad, to which the people present responded.
“What should be the new name?” Mr. Chauhan asked, and the people replied, “Narmadapuram!”
The Chief Minister then said, “We are now sending a proposal to the Center to rename Hoshangabad as Narmadapuram.”
The state government will not allow “cement-concrete structures” to be built on the banks of the Narmada River, he said, adding that sewage treatment plants are also being built in the cities along its banks.
Meanwhile, BJP workers led by Pro-Temple Assembly Speaker Rameshwar Sharma expressed happiness and burst firecrackers on Mr Chauhan’s announcement on Saturday morning.
Rameshwar Sharma had earlier demanded renaming of Hoshangabad.
“This is a historic moment. Narmada is the lifeline of Madhya Pradesh. Hoshangabad was named after the assailant Hoshang Shah so far, but the lifeline will be known as Mother Narmada, which is a joy. I am the Chief Minister. Thank you. Announced this while respecting the sentiments of the public.
State BJP President VD Sharma and several other leaders also thanked the Chief Minister for the decision.
However, State Congress spokesperson Bhupendra Gupta termed the announcement as a move by the ruling BJP to divert public attention from important issues like inflation and rising fuel prices.
“BJP only changed the names related to the Mughals, but not those associated with the British rulers. Why was the name of Minto Hall (old assembly building) not changed? It is only to divert attention. Instead, it. On development. Pay attention and give relief to the people, ”he said.
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