Name Change: Historic Mughalsarai Jn. Railway Station to become a History from Next Week

In a tribute to one of India’s tallest leaders, the Uttar Pradesh government had issued a notification in June this year to rename the Mughalsarai railway station as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya station.

MUGHALSARAI Jn.: The 150-year-old Mughalsarai Railway station in Uttar Pradesh will become a part of the history next week as the junction will be renamed as Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction from August 5. Recently, on 5 June 2018, its name has been changed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction from Mughalsarai, after Uttar Pradesh government issued gazette notification.

The state government and Railways are about to organise a grand function to formally rename the station next week, which will be attended by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Railway minister Piyush Goyal.

In a tribute to one of Jansangh’s tallest leaders, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Uttar Pradesh government had issued a notification in June this year to rename the Mughalsarai Railway Station as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya station. The renaming of Mughalsarai town was done in September last year however the renaming of Mughalsarai Junction got delayed due to various approval from different department and the required changes in software for rail ticketing system.

Jan Sangha ideologue, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, died under mysterious circumstances at the Mughalsarai Station on February 24, 1968. Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya was elected president of the Jana Sangh in December 1967. On February 10, 1968, in the evening, he left Lucknow for Patna by the Sealdah Express. The train left Varanasi at about 1.40 am and, after stopping at Varanasi for about five minutes, it steamed into Mughalsarai at about 2.10 am. But Upadhyaya was not on the train. Ten minutes later, his dead body was found lying near a traction pole 748 feet from the end of the platform of Mughalsarai station on which the train halted.

Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Nagar Junction railway station (new station code DDU, former station code MGS), formerly known as Mughalsarai Junction, is a famous railway station in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is the fourth busiest railway junction in India. The station contains the largest railway marshaling yardin Asia. Mughalsarai yard cater to around 450-500 trains in a month. Many Rajdhani trains halt at this station.

Mughalsarai station was created as part of the Delhi-Howrah line laid in the 1860s and is the fourth-busiest railway stations in India with a large number of passenger and freight trains passing through the station everyday. Its marshalling yard is also the longest in Asia. It is also among the top hundred ticket booking stations of Indian Railways. The station was built in the 1860s, when railways was still evolving and it has this beautiful long platform vault and one side has an ornate wrought-iron work too on the iron pillars.

The East Indian Railway Company started connecting Delhi and Howrah from the mid nineteenth century. In 1862, the railway tracks crossed Mughalsarai and reached the western bank of the Yamuna. The through link to Delhi was established in 1866. The Grand Chord was commissioned in 1906. The Dufferin Bridge across the Holy Ganga – the mighty river of India, was opened in 1887, connecting Mughalsarai to Varanasi.

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