On October 6, 2020 Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry & Railways inaugurated the renaming of 115 year old Naugarh railway station to Siddharthnagar railway station, located at Siddharthnagar district in Uttar Pradesh(UP), through a video link. During the event, MP Jagadambika Pal and railway officials were also present.
Reason behind Renaming
The Naugarh railway station was named Siddharthanagar due to the following reasons:
- Mahatma Buddha was born in Lumbini near Naugarh.
- These spots in the area are being associated with his life events.
- There has been a long time demand to change the name of the station to Siddharthanagar.
Note- Many Buddhist tourists/ pilgrims come to Lumbin and the area has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO(United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
Approval Granted for Construction of 240 km New Railway Line
i.A new railway line of 240 km from Khalilabad to Bahraich through Dumariyaganj-Utraula-Balrampur-Shravasti has been approved for construction.
ii.The completion of this project will accelerate the development of Sant Kabir Nagar, Siddharthnagar, Shravasti, Bahraich and Gonda districts.
i.In the last 6 years, 460-km new railway line, 531 doubt track work and 489 km gauge conversion have been completed in UP.
ii.Similarly, 4,682 km electrification has also been completed in UP.
iii.1,404 unreserved crossings were abolished in UP to prevent accidents.
iv.Railways have invested a total of Rs 10,600 crore for the development in UP in the last 6 years.
Recent Related News:
On the occasion of World Environment Day ( June 05, 2020), the Maharashtra cabinet chaired by its Chief Minister (CM) Uddhav Bal Thackeray has approved a proposal to rename the state’s Environment Ministry as ‘Environment and Climate Change Ministry’ with the aim to play an active role in climate change mitigation. The department, which is handled by Shiv Sena MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) Aaditya Thackeray, will work on five elements of nature (earth, water, fire, air, and space).
About Uttar Pradesh(UP):
Tiger Reserve– Etawah Lion Safari, Chuka Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, Dudhwa Tiger Reserve
Stadium– Eklavya Sports Stadium, Late Mohan Choubey Pahalvan Sports Stadium, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya Sports stadium , Buddh International Circuit.