Chennai Central railway station has been renamed as Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. MGR Central railway station.
In a notification, State Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan said the name of the railway station had been changed with effect from April 5. An official press release said the change has been made following clearance of the State Government’s proposal by the Railway Ministry.
Obviously to meet criticism that the change has been made when the Model Election Code of Conduct is in force, the press release said the proposal was made last year when the Government renamed a bus terminus in Madurai after MGR
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that the railway station would be named after the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister during his visit to Tamil Nadu last month. The Chennai Central started as a second terminal of the then Madras Railway Networks in 1873 while the first was Royapuram. Since then, Chennai Central has become the hub for trains bound for Mumbai, Kolkatta and New Delhi as well as Ahmedabad and even Jammu ,
In the over 60 years of DMK and AIADMK rule, several landmarks in Chennai and elsewhere have been named after Dravidian icons. We have Anna Salai all over the State like Mahatma Gandhi Road all over the country.
Late Chief Minister M Karunanidhi got the Chennai international airport named after DMK founder and its first Chief Minister C N Annadurai as well as legendary Congress leader K Kamaraj.
Karunanidhi got the international terminal named after Anna,who was Chief Minister for just about a year, and the domestic terminal after K Kamaraj who ruled continuously for nine years, a record even MGR could not beat as he had a break though he was at the helm for ten years.