Mangalore, Oct 18, 2014: The Centre on Friday gave its nod for renaming 12 cities and towns of Karnataka, eight years after the State government proposed it. With this, Bangalore is set to become Bengaluru and Mangalore, Mangaluru and so on....
The official clearance came as the Union Home Ministry overruled Maharashtra’s objection to renaming Belgaum, over which the two states are locked in a dispute.
The final decision comes days after the Maharashtra Assembly polls. Home Minister Rajnath Singh approved the changes after the Survey of India, Ministry of Railways, Department of Posts, Ministry of Science and Technology and the Intelligence Bureau gave their “no objection.” The Home Ministry has asked the State government to issue required gazette notification spelling the name in Devanagari (Hindi), Roman (English) script and the regional language.
The official notification should be sent to the Office of the Surveyor General of India, Karnataka Geo-Spatial Data Centre, Ministry of Communication and IT, and the Railways.
Names Old and new : Bangalore Bengaluru; Mangalore Mangaluru; Bellary Ballari; Bijapur Vijapura/Vijayapura; Belgaum Belagavi ; Gulbarga Kalaburagi Mysore Mysure; Hospet Hosapete; Shimoga Shivamogga ; Hubli Hubballi; Tumkur Tumakuru