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Maharashtra Renames Ahmednagar as ‘Ahilyanagar’

The Maharashtra Cabinet has announced its decision to rename Ahmednagar district as ‘Ahilya Nagar’. The renaming is in honor of the 18th-century Maratha queen Ahilyabai Holkar.


  • The proposal to rename Ahmednagar was first announced by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde in May 2023, on the 298th birth anniversary of Ahilyabai Holkar.
  • The event was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Devendra FadnavisMinister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, and BJP MLA Gopichand Padalkar.

BJP’s Demand

  • The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had been demanding the renaming of Ahmednagar district.
  • This followed the renaming of Maharashtra’s Aurangabad and Osmanabad as Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar and Dharashiv, respectively.

Other Renaming Decisions

  • The Cabinet also announced the renaming of seven railway stations in Mumbai, which previously had British-era names.

The approved changes include:

  • Curry Road to Lalbaug
  • Sandhurst Road to Dongri
  • Marine Lines to Mumbadevi
  • Cotton Green to Kalachowki
  • Charni Road to Girgaon
  • Dockyard Road to Mazgaon
  • King Circle to Tirthakar Parshivnath

Mumbai Central Station Renaming

  • The Cabinet has decided to rename Mumbai Central Station as Nana Jagannath Shankarsheth Station.
  • A proposal for the same has been sent to the railways ministry.

Maharashtra Bhavan in Srinagar

  • The Cabinet has approved the purchase of 2.5 acres of land in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, to construct a Maharashtra Bhavan there.
  • This proposal was already made in the state budget during the previous session of the Maharashtra Assembly.

Sea Link Project

  • The Maharashtra Cabinet has also approved the construction of a sea link between Uttan (Bhayander) and Virar (Palghar).

The renaming of Ahmednagar as ‘Ahilyanagar’ is part of the state government’s efforts to honor historical figures and rename places with a cultural and historical significance.

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