Mumbai: At a time when attempts are underway to rename the cities, roads and streets named after Muslim rulers in India, a road in Mumbai suburbs Mira Road has been named after nineteenth century reformer Sir Syed Ahmed Khan.
According to the reports, the road from Asmita Horizon to NS School in Naya Nagar, Mira Road has been named after Sir Syed Ahmed Khan after six-month long efforts by Naya Nagar Corporator Ashraf Shaikh.
While talking to the media after the naming ceremony on Saturday, Ashraf Shaikh said the resolution to name the road after Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, founder of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), was passed by the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC).
"Later the necessary approvals and permissions were also obtained from the state government and other concerned departments", he said.
Mira Road is located on the northern portion of Salsette Island and at the northern part of the Konkan region. Mira Road along with Bhayandar comes which is under the jurisdiction of the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation.
The entire Mira-Bhayandar region lies just outside the Mumbai Suburban District and officially belongs to Thane district despite it being closer to the island of Mumbai.
One of the fastest growing areas of Mumbai, Mira Road has a good number of Muslims and Christians, and it is known for its cosmopolitan culture.
Interestingly, Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation was in news two months ago for its controversial order to ban mutton during Jain festival. The decision was revoked after a court ruling.