Gurgaon to Gurugram and several others: Confusion grows over new names in Haryana

From Gurgaon to Mewat, a number of people across the state are left confused with the change of the names of various districts in Haryana

Haryana government changed the names of a number of districts in the state in the year 2016. However, it is being observed that people across the state continue to identify the places with their old names. It is believed that even though the state government went on to rename the district the officials did not make much effort to popularise the new names.

According to a report in Jansatta, the Haryana government is sending the name change proposal of half dozens of villages and towns to the Home Ministry despite people not being accustomed to the names that have already been changed. The report further said that the names of some villages and towns are also being changed due to public pressure. On April 2016, the Manohar Lal Khattar government announced that they were going to rename the district of Gurgaon as ‘Gurugram’. Along with Gurugram, the name of Mewat district was also changed to “Nuh”.

The daily reported that despite being almost a year of the name change, people still call the millennium city as Gurgaon and not Gurugram. Starting from to search engines to a conversation with the common public, people have not been able to get used to new name “Gurugram”. The new name is mostly used on government boards and notices. Apart from Gurgaon and Mewat, Ganda has been changed to Ajit Nagar, Chamgheda will be known as  Devnagar and Kinnar as Gaibi Nagar.

The government had asserted that Gurgaon had mythological significance. The daily reported that the Panchayats of several villages still continue to pass proposals and send new name suggestions to the government.

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