Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the sleek new Habibganj Train Station in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, on Monday (November 15). The station has been remodeled as a cost of ₹100 crore.
Days before the inauguration, the Madhya Pradesh government this week sent a letter to the Union Ministry of the Interior to change the name of the Habibganj train station in honor of Rani Kamlapati, the region’s 18th-century Queen Gond.
Explaining the reason behind the proposal, the letter from the Madhya Pradesh government said that the station’s name change will honor the legacy and bravery of Rani Kamlapati.
Rani Kamlapati was the widow Gond, ruler of Nizam Shah, head of Ginnorgarh. The Gond community comprises the largest tribal group in India with over 1.2 million inhabitants. Linguistically, Gonds belong to the Gondi-Manda subgroup of the south-central branch of the Dravidian language family.
The letter from the state transportation department says that renaming the station is also in line with the Indian government’s decision to celebrate November 15 as ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas’ in memory of the revered tribal leader and freedom fighter Birsa. Munda.
Starting Monday, the government will organize a week-long celebration of the pride of registered tribes in India.
The letter from the Madhya Pradesh government comes a day after Bhopal Pragya’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Singh Thakur demanded that the station be renamed in honor of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Thakur had been filing the lawsuit since July, asking the state government to honor the promise he made to voters in his constituency. In addition to the Habibganj train station, Thakur has sought to change the name of Islampura as Jagdishpura, Idgah as Guru Nanak Tekri, and Obaidullahganj, a city near Bhopal, as Shivpur.
Recently, the name of the Allahabad railway station in Uttar Pradesh was changed to Prayagraj and the Mughalsarai railway crossing was renamed Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay crossing.
Habibganj train station has been developed under a public-private partnership and developed by the Bansal Group. It has been built at a cost of around ₹450 crore and is on the same lines as the Heidelberg train station in Germany.
Around 160 CCTV cameras have been installed at the station to maintain 24-hour surveillance. It also has escalators and elevators to reach the platform.