Miffed over HUDA’s articulation similarities with former CM Hooda, Khattar changes authority name to HSVP.
In yet another name changing move the BJP government in Haryana, has changed the name of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) as Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP). It was reported by PTI that the Haryana government had taken the decision to change the name of HUDA, saying its acronym, HUDA, bore similarities with the Former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s name.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who is also the chairman of HUDA, chaired the crucial cabinet meeting where this decision to name change was taken.
Noting but Hindi
The changed name is just the Hindi name of the authority. Earlier, it was called the Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) in Hindi and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) in English version. It was decided in the meeting that henceforth it will be known as Haryana Shahri Vikas Pradhikaran in both the languages.
A spokesperson from HPCC was quoted as saying that the BJP government in Haryana was worried over the ‘Increasing Popularity’ of the former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda. He also stated that the government could change the name of HUDA, but they would never be able to erase Hooda’s name from the hearts of the masses.
Name Change not New
Though the residents, as well as fellow countrymen, felt that numerous cities lost their mojo with the name change yet the change of name is not a new one. In the recent past Gurgaon was rechristened to Gurugram, Ballabhgarh as Balramgarh and Mewat to Nuh besides Bangalore becoming Bengaluru, Madras as Chennai, Bombay as Mumbai, Calcutta as Kolkata and their several other counterparts went through the same significant change. This is not all, the government has plans on the anvil to change the names of several sports stadiums across the state that had been named after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
What is HUDA
Established in 1977 under the Haryana Urban Development Authority Act, 1977, HUDA is a statutory body of the Haryana government possessing 30 urban estates across the state. It was constituted for the integrated growth of urban areas across the state by acquiring the undeveloped land.
Source: Hindustan Times and Scroll