Originally written on July 18, 2028.

The Western Railway on Wednesday 18 July 2018 formally effected the name change of Elphinstone station to Prabhadevi.

The station signage was removed and new ones placed, but again covered up with white paper so that the local Member of Parliament Rahul Shewale who had made the demand in Parliament could inaugurate it later in the midnight. He will be arriving in a traditional procession from the Prabhadevi temple.

The event is happening at midnight as the railways will be formally effecting the change in the software of tickets and indicators at midnight.

The Maharashtra assembly  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 Elphinstone Road station to Prabhadevi. But after the tragedy at the station, the renaming was postponed following criticism.

The station had been named after Lord Elphinstone who had taken over as Governor of Bombay in 1853, the year railways were introduced in India. He remained Governor till 1860.

John Elphinstone, 13th Lord Elphinstone and 1st Baron Elphinstone was a Scottish soldier, politician and colonial administrator.

During his Bombay governorship, the Mutiny of 1857 broke out and he discovered a conspiracy in the city and tried to control it.

As per excerpts from the book Halt Station India by the author, Elphinstone Road station named after John, Lord Elphinstone, the city’s governor from 1853-60, it attributes Bombay’s progress to his acumen. Elphinstone Road station originally consisted of two stations separated by quarter a mile with independent issuing and collecting staff. The Up platform was connected with Cadell Road over bridge by a staircase. The Down platform led to a road in the west of the track. This was roughly at a site where the railway sub-station stands today.

The station’s name is said to have been picked up from the name of the road that led to the Elphinstone Spinning & Weaving Co. Ltd Mills near the station where India Bulls Finance Centre stands today. The temple of Prabhadevi, named after Goddess Prabhavati Devi, has been in existence for more than 300 years after which the area gets its name.


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