PATNA: Mughalsarai Junction was officially renamed as Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar Junction on Sunday. Mughalsarai has been one of the five divisions of the East Central Railway (ECR) since its inception in 2002. Earlier, it was the part of Danapur division falling under the East Railway (ER) with headquarters in Kolkata.
To mark the rechristening of Mughalsarai Junction, railway minister Piyush Goel flagged off a new train, ‘Ekatma Express’ (14261/14262) between Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction and Lucknow Junction on Sunday.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP National Chief Amit Shah and many other senior railway officials from East Central Railway were present on the occasion of renaming of the Mughalsarai Jn Railway Station into Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Junction Railway Station.
According to ECR chief public relations officer Rajesh Kumar, this biweekly train would make its normal run on every Tuesday and Thursday from Lucknow at 11.35pm and reach Deen Dayal Upadhaya Junction at 6.55am. On its return journey, the train would leave Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction every Wednesday and Friday at 11pm and reach Lucknow 5.10am the next day.
One of the fourth busiest stations in India and the biggest marshalling yard in Asia, Mughalsarai marshalling yard would be known as Deen Dayal Upadhyay yard where his body was found on February 11, 1968 during his journey by a train, sources said, adding the station code MGS has now become DDU.
BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday inaugurated the new Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction railway station, which was earlier known as Mughalsarai. “Today is a very big day as Mughalsarai station, where Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay was killed, has today been named after him. I am happy that under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership a memorial is being made after Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay,” Amit Shah said. Also present on the occasion were Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
The station is one of the oldest and biggest railway junctions in the state. The renaming of the iconic railway station was proposed by Yogi Adityanath in August last year, and was later approved by the Centre. On the special occasion, the three leaders also flagged off a passenger train and a goods train with an all-woman crew.
“Deen Dayal Upadhyaya’s father, maternal grandfather and uncle served for the Indian railway. In early stages of his life, he himself was associated with railway. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also worked as a chai-wala in his childhood days. Through the vision of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, this (BJP) government is concerned about all the poor people under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi. I am thankful to the Prime Minister to allow the change in the name of Mughalsarai station,” Piyush Goyal said.
Jan Sangh leader Deen Dayal Upadhyaya was found dead in mysterious circumstances near Mughalsarai station on February 11, 1968.
“We have all got a new identity today with the new Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction railway station. I want to thank Prime Minister Modi, Piyush Goyal and Amit Shah for allowing this change,” said Yogi Adityanath.