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Experts unhappy over renaming Chennai Central


CHENNAI: Rechristening the Central Railway Station after past due leader minister M G Ramachandran has stirred up a hornet’s nest with archaeologists and heritage enthusiasts elevating concerns that the transfer will lead to renaming of other colonial buildings, which might erase the historical past related to the century-old structures.

R Komagan, chairman of Gangaikondacholapuram Development Council, strongly criticised the fashion of renaming heritage buildings after fashionable political leaders.

“For instance, the government can rename Rippon building after any past due political leader. Even Fort St. George is vulnerable,” he said. Such trends will finally end up erasing the historical past related to the heritage building.

“We welcome the government’s initiative to rename streets and puts because it reflects outdated Tamil names. But, renaming heritage buildings after fashionable political leaders is wrong,” he said.

Chennai, which has a number of British era buildings, has now not witnessed the name-changing spree, except for for a couple of exceptions, together with the Victoria Hall at Government Museum in Egmore that was once re-christened as National Art Gallery put up Independence.

Sujatha Shankar, architect and convenor of the Chennai chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), said there is a explanation why a specific place or building has been named after an individual. “It is illustration of a moment in historical past. We cannot erase that by means of just changing the call,” she said.


According govt sources, naming or renaming a heritage building is simple. It can also be completed through a answer in the legislative meeting or govt orders. “As in line with the process, the respective govt departments that owns the buildings will have to take the initiative to begin the method,” a senior govt official said.


Some heritage enthusiasts have argued that as a substitute of renaming, the point of interest will have to be on conservation of those structures. Writer and heritage fanatic R Venkatesh said that several heritage buildings are in dilapidated state. “A heritage building in the 175-year-old govt maternity hospital in Egmore goes to be demolished. Why is there such a lot thrust on renaming buildings?” he questioned.


Meanwhile, leader minister Edappadi Ok Palaniswami on Friday has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for renaming Chennai Central Railway Station as “Puratchi Thalaivar Dr M G Ramachandran Central Railway Station”.




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