Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced that Hoshangabad city within the state would be renamed as Narmadapuram and a proposal thereto effect would be sent to the Centre.
He made the announcement during the Narmada Jayanti programme held in Hoshangabad on Friday evening.
While addressing a gathering on the banks of Narmada, Mr Chouhan asked whether the govt should change the name of Hoshangabad, to which the people present there replied within the affirmative.
“What should be the new name?” Mr Chouhan asked, and therefore the people replied, “Narmadapuram!”
The Chief Minister then said, “We are now sending a proposal to the Centre to vary the name of Hoshangabad as Narmadapuram.”
The government won’t allow “cement-concrete structures” to be built along the Narmada river, he said, adding that sewage treatment plants also are being constructed within the cities located on its banks.
Meanwhile, BJP workers, led by Pro-tem Assembly Speaker Rameshwar Sharma, expressed happiness over Mr Chouhan’s announcement and burst firecrackers on Saturday morning.
Rameshwar Sharma had earlier made the demand to vary the name of Hoshangabad.
“This may be a historic moment. Narmada is that the lifeline of Madhya Pradesh. Hoshangabad was thus far named after an attacker Hoshang Shah, but are going to be known after the lifeline Maa Narmada, which may be a matter of happiness. I thank the Chief Minister for creating this announcement by respecting the general public sentiments,” he said.
State BJP president VD Sharma and a number of other other leaders also thanked the Chief Minister for the choice .
However, state Congress spokesman Bhupendra Gupta termed the announcement because the ruling BJP’s ploy to divert the eye of individuals from important issues like inflation and inflation of fuel.
“BJP only changed the names associated with the Mughals, but not of these linked to British rulers. Why the name of Minto Hall (old Vidhan Sabha building) has not been changed? this is often just to divert the eye . Instead, it should specialise in development and provides relief to people,” he said.