On Wednesday, on the proposal of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the state government has issued a notification. State Government Principal Secretary Nitin Ramesh Gokarn informed in the notification that now the new name of Jhansi Railway Station will be Veerangana Laxmibai Railway Station. The Yogi Adityanath government of UP has changed the name of another railway station.
Jhansi railway station will now be known as 'Veerangana Laxmibai'. After the Central Government approved to change the name of Jhansi Railway Station to 'Veerangana Laxmibai Railway Station', the Public Works Department has issued a notification after completing all the formalities.
Now, as soon as the order is received from the Ministry of Railways, the Divisional Railway Administration will start the departmental process of changing the name. The station code will also be changed.
There was a demand for a long time to change the name of Jhansi railway station to Veerangana Rani Laxmibai. On the demand of the people of Bundelkhand, its proposal was sent to the government on behalf of the public representatives. This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai in the Lok Sabha on August 3. Thereafter, the Home Ministry had invited comments and views of the agencies concerned. After the completion of this process, on 24 November 2021, the Ministry of Home Affairs wrote a letter to the state government to change the name.
In Prayagraj, Chief Public Relations Officer of North Central Railway (NCR) Shivam Sharma told that the Uttar Pradesh government has issued a notification in this regard. He said, "For this, first the code of the name of the station will be created and updated in the system. After that, the name of Jhansi railway station will be Veerangana Lakshmibai Railway Station.” He said that this work will be completed soon.
It is noteworthy that earlier in UP, the name of Mughalsarai railway station was changed to Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay station. Allahabad was renamed Prayagraj. Whereas, Faizabad has been renamed Ayodhya. Now, Jhansi railway station has been named after the name of Rani Laxmibai, who was the face of the revolution of 1857.
Let us tell you that Rani Laxmibai is also called the Queen of Jhansi, so the name of the railway station in her name can be seen as a big symbol.
Jhansi railway station will complete its 133 years on January 1, this station is a witness of the freedom struggle of independence. It was inaugurated on January 1, 1889. It was established by the Great Indian Peninsular Railway. In the beginning, only a few trains used to run on steam engines, today this station is one of the major stations in the country. More than 250 trains pass through here daily. These include VIP trains like Shatabdi Express, Gatimaan and Rajdhani Express.
Jhansi station has eight platforms, booking and reservation offices, five waiting rooms, escalators, VIP lounges, lifts, restrooms, eateries, catering stalls, water vending machines, automatic ticket distribution machines, wheelchairs, three-foot over bridges for the convenience of the passengers.