Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the redeveloped Rani Kamlapati Railway Station during his visit to Bhopal. He also dedicated to the nation multiple initiatives of the railways in the state. These include the gauge converted and electrified Ujjain-Fatehabad Chandrawatiganj Broad Gauge section, third line in Bhopal-Barkhera section, gauge converted and electrified Mathela-Nimar Kheri Broad Gauge section and electrified Guna-Gwalior section. Besides, PM Modi also flagged off two new MEMU trains between Ujjain-Indore and Indore-Ujjain.
Governor Mangubhai Patel, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan were also present during the inauguration of the Rani Kamalapati Railway Station in Bhopal.
Speaking on the occasion, PM Modi said that importance has increased after linking the station's name with Rani Kamlapati. "Not only has this historic railway station been redeveloped, but with the linking of the name of Rani Kamlapati of Ginnorgarh to this station, its importance has also increased. Railway's pride is now linked to pride of Gondwana," PM Modi said.
He said that six years back those who had some work with Indian Railways used to be seen cursing it. "Crowded stations, filth, hours of tension while waiting for trains, inconvenience of seating-eating facilities, filth inside trains, tension of safety used to come to mind when Railway was spoken of," the PM said.
"People had lost hopes of any change in situation. They had made peace with it, that it will be as it was. But when the nation gets connected for realisation of resolves, then changes come certainly, then changes definitely take place. We have been seeing this in the past few years," he said.
"Such infrastructure and facilities have always been expected by common taxpayers & the middle class. It's the real honour of the taxpayers. It's the model of the transformation from VIP culture to EPI (Every Person is Important)," the PM added.
The redeveloped Rani Kamlapati Railway station, named after brave and fearless Queen Kamalapati of the Gond kingdom, is the first world-class railway station in Madhya Pradesh.
The station, redeveloped in public private partnership (PPP) mode, has been designed as a green building with modern world-class amenities which has also taken into account ease of mobility for ‘divyangjans’ (physically challenged). The station is also developed as a hub for integrated multi-modal transport.