New Delhi: Gurgaon, the corporate hub of Haryana on the outskirts of Delhi, will now be known as 'Gurugram'.
The decision was taken by the BJP government claiming that people of the area have been making a demand in this regard.
An official spokesman said the decision to change the name was taken on the basis of the representations received in several fora that it would be appropriate to rename Gurgaon as 'Gurugram', an official spokesman said.
The Haryana government's decision to rename the city drew sharp criticism on the microblogging site - Twitter as most of them questioned the logic of renaming the city.
&; Sk8er Boy (@TusharTayade18) April 12, 2016
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&; Aarushi (@the_weirdo__) April 12, 2016
भाई लाख टके की बात ये है कि आप उसका नाम होनोलुलू रख दे तब भी कहानी तो बिजली, पानी, सड़क की क़िल्लत की है #Gurugram
&; Lord BaltiBottom (@mdhvv) April 12, 2016
&; PhD in Bakchodi !! (@Atheist_Krishna) April 12, 2016
&; Himanshu Rai ツ (@aslihimanshu) April 12, 2016
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&; Debarati (@debarati_m) April 12, 2016
&; Saurabh Agarwal (@saurabhhagarwal) April 12, 2016
Legend has it that Gurgaon derived its name from the name of Guru Dronacharya, the master of archery in Mahabharata who tutored the Pandavas.
The village was given as gurudakshina to him by his students -- the Pandavas -- and hence it came to be known as Guru-gram, which in course of time is said to have got distorted to Gurgaon.
"Haryana is a historic land of the Bhagwat Gita and Gurgaon had been a centre of learning," the spokesman said.