The Southern Railway has decided to shorten the Chennai Central name which was recently changed to" Dr Puratchi Thalaivar M G Ramachandran Central" as just MGR Chennai Central, following protests by passengers.
If the Election Commission had chosen to wink at the election-eve name change in honour of late Chief Minister and AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran, the Southern Railway also went overboard by naming the oldest railway terminal in Chennai with all conferred titles.
Besides too long, it left out the operative word” Chennai” Passengers therefore protested. Officials said passengers from Thiruvananthapuram and other cities faced difficulties in boarding the train as it did not have the name Chennai in its coaches.
The railways also faced problem in printing the name in tickets and in coaches and station name board. It has, therefore, decided to make it short and sweet as MGR Chennai Central.
Anyway, no one called the icon as M G Ramachandran. He was always known as MGR, an acronym that resonated with the people of Tamil Nadu for decades. It still endures even 32 years after his death.
We have Mahatma Gandhi roads all over the country. But everywhere, it is MG Road.