Mughalsarai Junction railway station to be named Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction

Highlights:

  • Uttar Pradesh’s iconic Mughalsarai Junction was on 5 August 2018 formally renamed after RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Uphadyay as Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction.
  • The BJP president Amit Shah, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took part in a grand renaming event at the station.
  • Upadhyay was found dead in mysterious circumstances near the Mughalsarai station in February 1968. Mughalsarai is also the birthplace of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.
  • Mughalsarai Junction is a century-old railway station on the busy Delhi-Howrah route and is famous for having the largest railway marshaling yard in Asia. 
  • It is also the fourth busiest railway junction in India.
  • On paper, Mughalsarai station got a new name after Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik gave his assent to the proposal in June 2018. 
  • From 5 August 2018 the new name made its entry into the railway system and on IRCTC site the name was found after entering the initials DDU.