Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Race Course Road, where PM lives, renamed Lok Kalyan Marg, a historic change!

Delhi: The name of Race Course Road has now been changed to Lok Kalyan Marg. The Prime Minister's residence is located on this road.

It is spread over 12 acres of land, comprising five bungalows in Lutyens' Delhi, built in the 1980s, which are PM's office-cum-residence zone. The entire RCR is closed to the public.

Rajiv Gandhi was the first PM to reside at 7 Race Course Road in 1984. Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose 5, Race Course Road as his residence. 7, Race Course Road was chosen as his office.
Earlier, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi had given the proposal to rename RCR as Ekatma Marg, based on the philosophy of her party ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay.

The proposal was submitted to NDMC on September 9.

"The name, Race Course, is very alien and uninspiring. Also, the PM is the biggest follower of the philosophy of Deendayal Upadhyayji. This is the right tribute to him as he believed in ekatma (integral humanism)," she has said in her proposal.

On the other hand, AAP MLA from Delhi Cantonment Commando Surinder Singh, a member of NDMC, had wanted the road to be renamed after martyr Flight Lieutenant Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, a Paramvir Chakra awardee.

Lekhi too is a member of NDMC.

However, addressing a joint press conference on the renaming of the name on Wednesday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lekhi said that Lok Kalyan Marg had been decided by consensus.

"There were some suggestions in NDMC meeting, but consensus was that Race course road be now called Lok Kalyan Marg," Kejriwal said. Reacting to the developments, Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu tweeted: Compliments to NDMC, for deciding to change the name of Race Course Road into Loka Kalyan Marg. It's a name with message as the PM's house is situated in that road.

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