The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) will now be known as Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP), the state’s cabinet minister, Anil Vij, announced on June 2, 2017. “The name HUDA caused confusion, as its acronym sounded too similar to former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s name,” he said, adding that if the CBI raids Hooda, it used to give an impression as if HUDA has been prosecuted by the investigating agency.
Vij said that the decision to change the name of HUDA, was taken at a cabinet meeting that was chaired by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who is also the chairman of the state’s urban development authority. Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran is the Hindi translation of Haryana Urban Development Authority, minister for social justice and empowerment, Krishan Kumar Bedi said. HUDA, a statutory body of the government, was established in 1977, under the Haryana Urban Development Authority Act, 1977.
Last month, the state government had decided to rename various sports stadia across Haryana, named after Congress leader and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. In April 2016, the government renamed Gurgaon as Gurugram and Mewat as Nuh. A month prior to this, Mustafabad tehsil in Yamunanagar was renamed as Saraswati Nagar. In April 2017, the government renamed Ballabhgarh as Balramgarh. A month before, the Haryana Saraswati Heritage Development Board, headed by Khattar, was renamed as Indus Valley civilisation. Last month, the Haryana government decided to rename Gandha in Fatehabad district to Ajit Nagar, Kinnar in Hisar district as Gaibi Nagar and Chamghera in Mahendragarh district as Dev Nagar.