Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh will now be known as Prayagraj
October 17, 2018
The famous city of Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh will now be known as Prayagraj.
The state cabinet led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has approved the name change and it has come into effect from yesterday.
The decision was made public through a media announcement made by Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh.
He said "The renaming of Allahabad as Prayagraj before Kumbh came for approval in the meeting and I am happy to say Allahabad will now be known as Prayagraj."
The name Prayagraj is taken from a place in the city called Prayag. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had earlier announced that Allahabad will be renamed before the Kumbh Mela in 2019.
Prayag is the point where three rivers Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati meet and is considered holy by people of Hindu community.
The move of UP government has been criticized by the Congress party and the Samajwadi Party. The change in name is being considered a political move by the government.
The Adityanath led government in UP has been changing names of places in the State ever since it was formed. The government has also asked the center for permission to rename airports of Bareilly, Kanpur and Agra.