MUMBAI: From Thursday, the commuters on Western Railway (WR) have to alight at Prabhadevi railway station if they are willing to get down at Elphinstone Road station. The Western Railway is going to change the name of Elphinstone Road station as Prabhadevi railway station from Wednesday midnight.
On Tuesday, the railway ministry issued a notification to change the British era name of the station. It will be renamed after Goddess Prabhadevi in the area.
According to a notification, the new name will come to effect from the midnight of July 18 i.e. from July 19.
According to the statement issued by the railway, necessary changes are being made on station boards, indicators and PA system for the convenience of passengers. The station code for newly renamed Prabhadevi station will be PBHD.
The station with two platforms came up in 1867 and caters to slow line services on the suburban section. This station was in the news after a stampede occurred at this station last year.
This station, named after Lord Elphinstone, the Governor of Bombay from 1853 to 1860. This renaming was first proposed by Shiv Sena leader Diwakar Raote in 1991.
The legislative assembly had passed a resolution to rename the station Prabhadevi on December 16, 2016. The approval from the Centre came in May 2017. On July 4, 2017, the WR issued a notification to change the name of the station.