The Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh has written to the center, recommending renaming the Habibganj train station in the state capital in honor of tribal queen Rani Kamlapati, the last Gond queen of Bhopal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil the renovated train station on Monday, which is also the first train station built by a public-private partnership in the country at a cost of around 450 million rupees.
A letter of recommendation, sent by the state transport department to the Union Ministry of the Interior, reads: “Bhopal was ruled by the rulers of Gond in the 16th century and to keep the memory of Queen Gond Rani Kamalapati intact, it is recommended change the name of the Habibganj train station to Rani. Kamlapati “.
Earlier, BJP leaders, including Bhopal Pragya MP Singh Thakur, Prabhat Jha and former Madhya Pradesh Minister Jaibhan Singh Pavaiya, had demanded that the station change the name of former prime minister and veteran party leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The Madhya Pradesh government writes to the Center to change the name of Bhopal’s Habibganj train station in honor of the tribal queen, Rani Kamlapati pic.twitter.com/b2Q0EUICgX
– ANI (@ANI) November 13, 2021
On Monday, the Prime Minister will be in the state capital for four hours.
More than 23 million rupees is spent for the event, which Prime Minister Modi will attend, at the Maidan Jamboree, of which 13 million rupees will be spent just to transport people to the program. More than 12 million rupees for transport, food and accommodation for people from 52 districts and more than 9 million rupees for five domes, tents, decoration and advertising.
Habibganj Station “is the first railway station to be redeveloped through public-private partnership mode under the Indian Railways station redevelopment program,” according to the official website.
The train station will offer glimpses of world heritage sites such as the Sanchi Stupa, Bhojpur Temple, Bhimbetka, Birla Mandi, Tawa Dam, and the Tribal Museum.
The food court, the children’s area, the entertainment area and the shopping area will be other highlights.