Bhopal metro will be named after Indian King "Raja Bhoj" and be called "Bhoj Metro", announced Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath today.
Mayor Alok Sharma welcomed the proposal of naming Bhopal's metro line after the late king. Congress MLA, Arif Masood, however, reiterated the metro should retain its original name as a lot has already been named after the king.
The first phase of the metro rail network Madhya Pradesh and Indore will be operational by 2023.
आज भोपाल मेट्रो परियोजना का शिलान्यास किया ....— Office Of Kamal Nath (@OfficeOfKNath) September 26, 2019
भोपाल मेट्रो का नाम अब राज भोज के नाम पर "भोज मेट्रो" होगा .. pic.twitter.com/kaZhUvQtD1
Two corridors of 27.87 km will be built under the Bhopal metro rail project. These corridors will be from Karond Circle to AIIMS (14.99 km) and Bhadbhada Square to Ratnagiri Tiraha (12.88 km).
The two corridors would cost Rs 7,000 crore. The project will be executed under a partnership between the central and Madhya Pradesh governments in 50:50 ratio and will connect all nodes of the city.
Bhopal and Indore metro corridors will have multi-modal integration with railway and Bus Rapid Transit System stations and feeder network of buses, intermediate public transport and non-motorised transport.
Bhoja was the king in the Paramara dynasty that ruled Malwa and surrounding areas in west-central India between 9th and 14th centuries. The inscriptions from king Bhoja's reign have been found in present-day Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Bhoja became one of the most celebrated kings in the Indian history.