The TN Government is in the naming spree off late. Accordingly, the Tamil Nadu government on Friday announced the renaming of three Metro Rail stations in Chennai after the late Chief Ministers: C N Annadurai, M G Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa.
According to a government order, the Alandur station will be called ''Arignar Anna Alandur Metro'', the Central Metro as ''Puratchi Thalaivar Dr M G Ramachandran Central Metro'' and the CMBT station as ''Puratchi Thalaivi Dr J Jayalalithaa CMBT Metro.''
Chief Minister K Palaniswami said the stations have been renamed after the state government accepted the recommendations of a high-level committee.
On the second phase of Chennai Metro Rail, the chief minister said the Rs 61,843 crore project comprises three corridors: Madhavaram to SIPCOT, Light House to Poonamallee and Madhavaram to Sholinganallur, spanning 118.9 km.
"The state government has passed orders and we are currently awaiting Central nod and funding," he added.
It is to be noted that the TN Government had already renamed the Chennai Central Railway Station to "Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGR Central railway station".
Meanwhile, the state BJP demanded that the Chief Minister rename the metro rail stations at the airport and Madras high court hereafter former Prime Minister Vajpayee and architect of the Constitution, Ambedkar, respectively.
In a letter to Palaniswami, BJP State president L Murugan said the names of freedom fighters from Tamil Nadu should be given to other metro stations.
(with inputs from PTI)