As recently as April 2015, the government told Parliament that 1975 guidelines did not allow the names of existing roads to be changed.
But names are being changed from cities to Railway stations to roads to parks; new names have replaced the old.
In Belagavi too, there are reports in the media that
Sambra Airport road to be renamed as Rajiv Gandhi road
Kanbargi Road will be called Siddaramaiah road
Old PB road ill be named as Yedurappa road
And of course what is the rationale behind this renaming is a question very similar to Why Kattappa Killed Bhaubali?
Normally names were changed due to Nationalistic reasons, Political reasons and Commemorative reasons.
The renaming in Belagavi seems to be political and Commemorative on the first look.
With the Indian National Congress in Power it may have wanted to showcase its power hence they planned to rename the Sambra airport road as Rajiv Gandhi road. One media even reports that the Sambra Airport only will be renamed after Rajiv Gandhi.
May be local leaders of the INC wanted to show their loyalty to the high command as it was done by the state leaders in Bengaluru and hence they might have come up with a name for Kanbargi Road as Siddaramaiah road.
So how can the BJP be left behind it must have come with a name their state president BS Yedurappa Road (old PB Road).
Just imagine how things will be in future When a INC CM say Siddaramaiah will be on Yedurappa Road to inaugurate the Railway over bridge works.
Or for that matter BS Yedurappa would be invited for some function on Siddaramaiah Road.
Citizens must contemplate on this subject of renaming roads without political affinities but only on merit.
If renaming is momentous then why not Shaeed Bhagat Singh road, Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam Road or so many martyrs of the MLIRC who have laid their lives for the nation.
“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Also then why not rename Belagavi back to “VENUGRAM”.