Villagers of Aya Nagar aren’t rejoicing the Metro station that has come up next to their houses. They are busy gaining support for their ‘cause’ — a change of name of the new station.
The station is named Arjangarh Metro Station and this has become a bone of contention with the local residents, who are very emotional about their village’s name.
“Come what may, we want the station to be named Aya Nagar Metro Station,” said Gajay Paul, a resident of Aya Nagar who was one of the villagers who gave their land for the metro station.
The villagers have formed a committee called the Samaj Sudhar Samiti (SSS) to fight for a new name of the station, which will be start functioning in June with the other stations in the Qutub Minar-Gurgaon Metro Corridor.
The station, Arjangarh, was supposed to be established near the Arjangarh Air Base two years ago. So, it was decided that the station would be named Arjangarh Metro Station, said Rajesh Lohiya, president of Aya Nagar RWA.
“But due to security reasons, the location of the Metro was changed and it was set up at Aya Nagar, over a kilometre away from the air base,” he added.
The villagers have written to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) demanding for a name change and also brought this to the notice of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. They have also sought DMRC’s responses on the same through the RTI Act.
“We have received responses from the DMRC wherein it is clearly written that the total cost of changing one station name will be approximately Rs 2.48 lakh. If the DMRC wants, we will spend the money. We will send this proposal to DMRC tomorrow,” Lohiya said.
But a DMRC spokesperson said the name change process would involve huge amount of cost and Rs 2.48 lakh is just a part of it.
“We have written this to the village committee,” the spokesperson added.