UP’s Mughalsarai Junction renamed

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The iconic Mughalsarai Railway Junction of Uttar Pradesh was renamed as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction Railway station. The Mughalsarai station got a new name after Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik gave his assent to the proposal in June 2018 following the in-principle approval by the Union Government in 2017 to the state government’s proposal.

RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya was found dead in mysterious circumstances near the Mughalsarai station in February 1968. Mughalsarai is also the birthplace of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Mughalsarai junction :

• The Mughalsarai junction, one of country’s busiest railway stations, was set up in 1862 when the East India Company linked Howrah to Delhi by rail. 

• The British built the station to transport goods from northern India to port cities in the east. 

• It is located on the main Howrah-Delhi Grand Chord line.

• With time, the station became Asia’s biggest goods train yard and one of the busiest stations of the country with the daily movement of around 250 trains.

On the same occasion, a goods train with an all-woman crew was flagged off. It will be the first time in the country that an all-woman crew will run a goods train. The bi-weekly Ekatmata Express, train connecting Lucknow and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction, was also launched.