Pointing out issues like coronavirus which has heightened the curve instead of flattening it, earthquake, locust, migrant crisis, economic slowdown and cyclones, the Twitterati slammed Union Minister Prakash Javadekar‘s news of renaming Kolkata Port to Kolkata Syama Prasad Mukherjee Port. Asserting that there were other important issues that needed immediate attention, the netizens took to Twitter to express their disappointment. Also Read - Pani Puri Wending Machine Viral: Dispensing Golgappe And Maintaining Hygiene Amid CoronaVirus is OG Innovation!
While addressing the 150th-anniversary programme of Kolkata Port Trust in January, PM Narendra Modi had announced rechristening it after Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee. He had said back then, “I announce that the Kolkata Port Trust will now be known as Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port. He was the father of industrialisation in India, a man who made sacrifices for one nation and one Constitution.” Also Read - COVID-19: India's Tally Crosses 7 Lakh-Mark, Death Toll Tops 20K After Fresh 22,252 Cases | Key Points
However, with a plethora of other disasters breaking the back of Indians currently, the last thing that the netizens expected was a relief in name-changing a port. Taking to their respective handles on Twitter, the netizens lashed the move. While one user mocked, “Few disaster that India has been facing recently – Corona – Earthquake – Locust – Migrant Crisis – Slowdown – Cyclones Meanwhile BJP today renamed Kolkata Port as Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Port Problem Solved (sic)”, another tweeted sarcastically, “JUST IN | Kolkata Port has been renamed to Kolkata Syama Prasad Mukherjee Port: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar. The government is finally doing what it is elected for ‘Name Changing’ (sic)” and yet another lashed, “Congratulations India! This is the time for tough measures, finally BJP has woken up and did what their voters overwhelmingly voted them for. They have RENAMED the kolkata Port as Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Port! Ab 5 ton ki economy ko shore par aane se koi nahin rok sakta! (sic).” Also Read - Haridwar Border Sealed in View of Ban on 'Kanwar Yatra' Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Check out Twitter’s outburst on the news here:
As per Act V of 1870, The Kolkata Port came to be governed by a Trust on October 17, 1870 after the appointment of Commissioners for Improvement of the Port of Calcutta. Apart from being the only riverine port of India, the Kolkata Port is also the first major port of the country.