Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated India’s ‘Most Modern’ Railway Station Rani Kamalapati Station in Bhopal city of Madhya Pradesh.
Earlier known as Habibganj, the railway station has been renamed after Gond queen Rani Kamalapati.
Governor Mangubhai Patel, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav and CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan were also present during the inauguration of Rani Kamalapati Railway Station.
On this occasion, PM Modi said that after linking the name of this station with Rani Kamalapati, its importance has increased.
PM Modi said, “This historic railway station has not only been redeveloped, but its importance has also increased by adding the name of Rani Kamalapati of Ginnaurgarh to this station. The pride of the railways is now linked to the pride of Gondwana.”
He further said that this railway station of Bhopal has become a symbol of how modern and bright the future of Indian Railways is.
The railway station was inaugurated after the Madhya Pradesh government wrote to the Union Home Ministry about renaming the upgraded Habibganj railway station, saying it would honor the legacy and bravery of Nizam Shah’s widow of the Gond ruler.
PM Modi inaugurated the designated railway station during his visit to Bhopal for a tribal convention to celebrate ‘Tribal Pride Day’ in memory of tribal icon and freedom fighter Birsa Munda.
PM Modi said, “The facilities which were earlier available only at the airport are now available at the railway station. The first airport of Indian Railways has been built in Bhopal,” he said, adding that Indian Railways is an example of how the country is Is. Going forward.
The station has been redeveloped in public-private partnership (PPP) mode at a cost of about Rs 450 crore.
Designed as a green building, this railway station has all modern world class facilities which also keep in mind the ease of mobility for the physically challenged.
According to officials, the station has also been revamped as a hub for integrated multi-modal transport and has been built with modern world-class facilities.
Who was Rani Kamalapati?
Queen Kamalapati was the 18th century Gond Queen of the region. She was the widow Gond ruler of Nizam Shah, Chief of Ginnorgarh. She had also built the seven-storey Kamalapati Palace that overlooks the Upper and Lower Lakes and has become an ASI-protected monument.
Rani Kamalapati is said to be one of the seven queens of Nizam Shah and she was widely known for her beauty and abilities in the region.
Special Features of the state-of-the-art Rani Kamalapati Railway Station
The station is designed and built with ultra-modern facilities like a large covered parking area, 24X7 power backup, drinking water, air-conditioned lobby, offices, shops, high-speed escalators, lifts, anchor stores, automobile showrooms, convention center . , hotels, a super specialty hospital, etc. provide the travelers with an airport-like experience and comfort at the same time.
The station has been redeveloped at a cost of Rs 450 crore over three years, with modern facilities like airport. It has been designed as a green building which also takes into account the ease of mobility for persons with disabilities.
Here are some important things for you to know about the station: Redeveloped in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode, the station has been designed as a green building with modern world-class facilities which also takes into account the ease of mobility for the differently-abled.
The station has also been developed as a hub for integrated multi-modal transport and is built with modern world class facilities.
The station has all the facilities that are available at international airports including a cafeteria, food court with food plaza and a plush waiting room. The station will also have air-conditioned waiting rooms.
Escalators and lifts have been installed at the station to reach the platform. Seating arrangements have been made for 700 to 1,100 passengers in the open concourse.
For information about the movement of trains, display boards of different languages have been installed all over the station.
Around 160 CCTV cameras have also been installed at the station for round the clock surveillance.
A tourist information lounge will be set up at the station and a large LED screen will be installed in the first floor waiting room to provide information about the state’s tourism and culture.
Literature, coffee table books, brochures and leaflets related to tourism and culture will also be made available to the people at the station.
The redeveloped railway station has received GeM 5 Star Rating in GEM Sustainability Certification for Green, Sustainable Design and Environment Friendly Project by ASSOCHAM.
A few days before the inauguration, the Madhya Pradesh government had written to the Union Home Ministry asking it to name the Habibganj railway station after the tribal queen Rani Kamalapati. In the letter, the government argued that renaming the railway station would honor the legacy and bravery of Rani Kamalapati.
Announcing her new name, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said in a statement that Rani Kamalapati is the pride of the Gond community and the last Hindu queen of Bhopal. “His kingdom was treacherously annexed by Afghan commander Dost Mohammad as part of a conspiracy. When he saw that victory was not possible, he performed ‘Jal Jauhar’ (the practice of committing suicide) to save his honor.