Government approves Jharkhand Government’s proposal to rename Nagar Untari town as Banshidhar Nagar

Union Ministry of Home Affairs has cleared proposal of Jharkhand Government to rename Nagar Untari town and railway station as Banshidhar Nagar, after Banshidhar Temple, which is dedicated to Krishna in Garhwa district of state. It has granted No-Objection Certificate (NOC) to Jharkhand Government after there were no adverse reports from Intelligence Bureau, Geological Survey of India (GSI), Department of Post, Ministry of Earth Sciences and Ministry of Railways for renaming Nagar Untari town and railway station as Banshidhar Nagar.

Key Facts

The proposal was forwarded Jharkhand Government as part of its plant to include Banshidhar Nagar part of Krishna circuit  and develop it as major tourist attraction under Swadesh Darshan Scheme. Under it, state government is planning to develop Nagar Untari as Banshidhar Nagar and model it on the lines of Mathura and Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh. It is also examining proposals for tying-up with International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) also for this.

Background

Under Central government’s guidelines for renaming railway stations, villages, towns and cities, all state governments must obtain No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Union Home Ministry. Under this guidelines MHA had earlier approved renaming of Robertsgang railway station in Uttar Pradesh as Sonbhadra, and Mughalsarai junction, also in Uttar Pradesh as Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction after Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay.

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