As the world awaits Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th century, the city readies to rename a road after him in the iconic Chandni Chowk. While fans are glad about the proposal, which will be tabled before the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) next week, some express reservations.
The call for a Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar Marg in the heritage area came as a part of an initiative launched by Fever 104 FM last week. After the radio campaign asked listeners to cast their votes to make it happen, 1.5 lakh voted in its favour and as a result, Delhi mayor Prof Rajni Abbi agreed to put forth the proposal before the committee. The cricket fraternity and Bollywood are all in support.
“This proves that Sachin is an institution in himself and continues to inspire others. His greatness is that despite so many years in cricket, he is still motivated,” says former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Pacer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth says, “I’m very happy and excited. Agar koi aisa samman deserve karta hai to woh Sachin paaji hain. Yeh Dilli ka hi nahi poori India ka haq hai.”
“He is an inspiration for every Indian and we must have a road after Sachin Tendulkar,” says actor Ranbir Kapoor.
Harshad Jain, Business Head Fever 104 FM, says, “This one is a tribute to all the Sachins in Delhi. We not only received calls from Delhi but from other parts of the country too.”
Some are, however, frowning at the proposal.
“In terms of contribution to Delhi, it is (former Delhi Metro chief) E Sreedharan who deserves it more than Tendulkar,” MCD Working Committee Chairman Jagdish Mamgain told a news channel. Other government officials point out that roads can only be named posthumously.
“Give him awards, but why rename a historical landmark after him? Firstly, Sachin isn’t from Delhi, and secondly, why upset the famous Chandni Chowk?” says Hem Garg, 24.
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There are many who’re also lobbying for the cricketer to be honoured with the Bharat Ratna the highest civilian honour awarded by the Indian Government. Last month, the Mumbai Cricket Association passed a resolution to support the demand, and Team India ex-captain Sourav Ganguly is all for it.
Sachin is an inspiration for every Indian, we must have a road in his name - Ranbir Kapoor, actor
Roads are named after leaders like Mahatma Gandhi. Is Sachin as great as him - Radhika Abrol, DU student
Agar koi aisa samman deserve karta hai to woh Sachin paaji hain - Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, cricketer