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Naming metro stations after luminaries creates problem for commuters:

Posted on Nov 28, 11:16AM | UNI

Observing that naming of several metro stations after luminaries was a practical problem for general commuters, Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury today suggested tagging local names of the areas with those of the stations.

"Kolkata is a cosmopolitan city where everybody may not be aware about Uttam Kumar or Kavi Subhas. It is a big problem especially for those coming from outside the state," he said at a railway function.

Mr Chowdhury was referring to naming of several Kolkata metro stations after the stalwarts in different fields, an idea, conceived and executed when Ms Mamata Banerjee was the Railway Minister.

'Do not tell about the locality. There is no harm if the name of the locality is inserted beside the names. I have given a proposal in this regard and I hope this would not cause inconvenience to anyone,' Mr Chowdhury said.

The Congress strongman, who holds sway over Murshidabad district, is a known critic of Ms Banerjee. The relation between the two recently hit the rock bottom with a prominent Congress leader from Murshidabad district deserting the party and joining Trinamool Congress to be rewarded the post of a minister in the Mamata Banerjee Government.

Regretting the lack of development of the railways in West Bengal, Mr Chowdhury said he was trying to improve railway services.

Inaugurating the "New Garia Halt station" of the Eastern Railway, Mr Chowdhury said the station could be used as an interface between the Eastern and the Metro Railway.