Habibganj Railway Station, renamed as Rani Kamlapati Railway Station, has been inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi in Bhopal

NEW DELHI: Habibganj Railways Station, now Rani Kamlapati Railway Station, has been inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday in Bhopal, MP.

The five-star station has been developed under the PPP model (Public-Private Partnership model) with a cost of Rs.100 crore. This is the first large scale PPP model in station redevelopment in the country.

Rani Kamlapati Railway Station, Bhopal

Rani Kamlapati was the last Hindu queen (Gond tribe) of Bhopal in the 18th century. She was one of the seven wives of the Gond ruler Nizam Shah. Chaudhari Kirpa Ramchandra was the father of the queen and she was well known for her beauty and bravery.

The queen had built a seven-story palace known as “Kamlapati’s Palace.” The palace was made out of Lakhauri bricks. To honour the queen, the merlons were designed in the form of water lotuses in the palace.

The legends say that Alam Shah, nephew of Nizam Shah, was captivated by the beauty of the queen. The queen refused the proposal of the Shah and due to this, he felt jealous and thus poisoned his uncle, Nizam Shah. Thereafter, Rani shifted her castle with her son Naval Shah. To avenge the death of her husband, she shook hands with Dost Mohammad Khan. He demanded Rs.1 lakh in return.

The queen agreed but she didn’t have the amount in reality. Thus, Dost Mohammad khan led the Gond and Afghan army in the battle against Alam Shah. Alam Shah got killed in the battle and due to non-payment of the amount the queen had to cede a part of her empire to Khan. Her son Naval Shah was not happy with the decision and hence, a war broke out between Naval Shah and Dost Mohammad Khan.

The queen struggled in the last days of her life but there is not a single written record of it.

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