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Jul 14, 2007 at 12:31am IST

It's all in the name for students of a Delhi college

New Delhi: A one-of-it's-kind clover leaf flyover and a metro station is all set to make life for Delhiites easier at what is popularly known as the AIIMS crossing. However, not everyone is happy with the way this is shaping up.

Students of Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, at Safdarjung Hospital, have been voicing their reservations. They are not opposed to the project per se, but want their say in naming the proposed metro station.

Says a final year student of the college, Vivek, "We don't have anything against AIIMS but since our college is giving up its buildings and land, the name should either be Safdarjung Metro station or AIIMS/Safdarjung Metro station."

The Safdarjung Hospital, set up in 1945, is set to lose its canteen, undergraduate men's hostel and barracks.

Students have taken up this "naming" matter with the DMRC and also the Chief Minister, but, so far their efforts haven't borne fruit.

Says another final year student, Kapil Setia, "We have been calling up the CM's office and are waiting for a response to the letter we had sent."

The students say they want to meet E Sreedharan, the man behind the metro, to put forth their case. For them Safdarjung Hospital, formerly called the American Base Hospital, is a part of history that must be given its due in modern Delhi.