New Delhi: New Delhi Muncipal Corporation (NDMC) officials announced on Wednesday that Aurangzeb Lane in Delhi has been renamed Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Lane. The decision to rename the road was approved in a meeting of the New Delhi Municipal Council’s members. Previously, in August 2015, the NDMC changed the name of Aurangzeb Road to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Road. The newly renamed Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Lane connects Abdul Kalam Road with Prithvi Raj Road.
The agenda item to rename Aurangzeb Lane as Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Lane was presented before the Council, citing the relevant clause of the New Delhi Municipal Act, 1994. The statement from NDMC Vice Chairman Satish Upadhyay mentioned that the Council approved the renaming to respect the sentiments of the people and to honour the great men and women of our times, as has been done in the past.
In addition to the renaming, the Council also approved an expenditure of approximately Rs 25 crore for the desilting and rehabilitation of bigger sewer lines. The existing sewerage system in the NDMC area is over 80 years old and inadequate to meet current and future needs. Upadhyay emphasised the need for the rehabilitation work and announced the administrative approval and expenditure sanction for the desilting and rehabilitation of the sewer line.
The approved budget proposal for the year 2023–24 includes an allocation of ₹600 lakhs for the procurement of allopathic medicines. This budget will support the necessary medical supplies and services within the NDMC area.
Overall, the renaming of Aurangzeb Lane to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Lane and the allocation of funds for sewer line rehabilitation and medical procurement demonstrate the NDMC’s commitment to recognising important figures and improving infrastructure in Delhi.