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Renaming Mumbai Central Station

Renaming Mumbai Central Station:

The Maharashtra cabinet has decided to propose renaming Mumbai Central Station after Nana Jagannath Shankarseth, a renowned social reformer and philanthropist who played a crucial role in shaping Mumbai.

  • Nana Jagannath Shankarseth is often hailed as the architect of Mumbai (formerly Bombay).
  • His notable contributions include being the first Indian nominated to the Legislative Council of Bombay and founding the Bombay Association in 1852.
  • He championed education for girls and women and established the Native School of Bombay (1849), which later became the esteemed Elphinstone College. Shankarseth was instrumental in the committee that propelled India’s first train project, connecting Boribunder and Thane in 1853.
  • Shankarsheth was instrumental in founding the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, alongside notable figures like Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy and David Sassoon.
  • Shankarsheth’s legacy lives on through the institutions he established and the development projects he spearheaded, leaving an indelible mark on Mumbai’s history.