Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday called for constituting a Naming Committee to look into the demands of naming and re-naming of existing and future Delhi Metro railway stations.

The Chief Minister expressed this view in the presence of senior DMRC officials after a delegation led by her Parliamentary Secretary Anil Bhardwaj met her to demand that the name of the Ashoka Park station on Inderlok-Mundka line be changed to Rampura Ashoka Park as the station was actually located in Rampura. He said Rampura was a densely populated locality with a separate municipal ward, while Ashoka Park was a smaller locality with fewer houses.

Ms. Dikshit said she has received a number of complaints from the residents about the names of the existing metro stations. The residents had complained that these stations had been named after colonies which were actually quite far from station.

Mr. Bharadwaj also demanded that the 1.5 km section between Punjabi Bagh and JJ Colony Shakurpur on the proposed Jehangirpuri-Rajouri Garden metro line, which is going to be constructed in the third phase of the Delhi Metro project, be constructed underground like the rest of the line. He said this was the only section on the proposed underground line which the DMRC had intended to make as an elevated one.

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