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Rani Kamlapati railway station

Date: 16 November 2021 Tags: Railways

Issue

The Madhya Pradesh government has recommended the railways to change the name of Habibganj railway station to Rani Kamlapati railway station.

 

Background

The station has been modified on a large-scale PPP model and is soon to be inaugurated.

 

Details

The station is the first example of private participation in railway development project. It has been modified at the cost of Rs 100 crore.

 

Rani Kamlapati

  • The queen was Gond ruler Nizam Shah’s widow. The dynasty ruled Ginnorgarh in 18th century near Bhopal.

  • Kamlapati is known as the last Hindu ruler of Bhopal and she is said to have displayed great courage in facing invaders and aggressors.

 

The Gonds

They are one of the largest tribal communities spread across the states of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Bihar and Odisha.

 

Changing names of railway station

  • Name of railway stations are changed by state governments in response to popular demands. This is done to represent cultural history or political ideology.

  • The naming is at the discretion of state governments and railways plays no role in it. The state governments send proposal to ministry of Home, which gives approval.

  • Once a new name has been notified, the railway invents a new station code. The new name will be reflected in ticketing system.

  • The name of the station is written in Hindi and English. Of late, a third local language name has been used in sign boards.

  • The spelling of the name in all three languages has to be approved by the state government before updating the board.

 

Recent name changes

  • Mughal Sarai Junction renamed as Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction

  • Allahabad renamed as Prayagraj

  • Manduadih station in Varanasi was renamed Benaras

  • Faizabad junction renamed as Ayodhya Cantonment station