The cost of a name; renaming Bangalore

BB blog had earlier asked 'what's in a name?'. The answer, an expenditure of few crores, at the least.

Outlook reports that, there's actually no official estimate available with the Karnataka state government or industry bodies like the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FKCCI), NASSCOM or CII. There is only a commonsensical admission that tonnes of stationery, documents, signboards, maps, nameplates, seals, milestones, official publications, rail tickets, bus tickets, air tickets etc, will have to be changed and this means money which may quietly gross up to several crores. Among the cities being renamed, 'Bengaluru' would be the most expensive, being the state capital which also houses many corporate HQs. Renaming other cities like Mysore, Hubli, Mangalore, Belgaum and Bellary won't come cheap either for they are booming tier-two towns with active national and international trading relationships. The money required, officials admit, may run into a few crores.

Some of the cities/towns whose names have been altered -

Bangalore: Bengaluru
Mysore: Mysuru
Mangalore: Mangaluru
Hubli: Hubbali
Shimoga: Shivamoga
Chickmagalur: Chickmagaluru
Bellary: Ballary
Hospet: Hosapete
Tumkur: Tumakuru
Gulbarga: Kalaburgi
Kaup: Kapu
Belgaum: Belagavi


Please note that Belgaum has not changed to Belgavi. The name change was not done due to protests from Belgaum residents.
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