Historic Rani Sarai In Indore To Make Way For Metro Station Construction

Erected in 1907, the historic Rani Sarai has stood as a symbol of heritage and administrative significance for 117 years, witnessing the passage of time and numerous historical events

Indore’s iconic Rani Sarai, serving as the old police headquarters at Regal Square, is set to be demolished in the coming days to make room for the construction of a massive Metro station. 

Erected in 1907, the historic Rani Sarai has stood as a symbol of heritage and administrative significance for 117 years, witnessing the passage of time and numerous historical events.

Throughout its illustrious history, Rani Sarai has been the seat of authority for top police officials, from superintendents of police (SP) to commissioners (CP). 

The headquarters not only housed administrative offices but also served as the nerve centre for the police control room. Even today, offices of the Crime Branch, Zone-1, and Zone-3 continue to operate from within its walls, a testament to its enduring legacy in law enforcement.

However, plans for the underground metro project in the central region have necessitated the demolition of Rani Sarai, making way for the construction of a sprawling metro station complex. This ambitious project will encompass not only the main station but also a substantial parking facility, alongside integrating the existing Chhoti Gwaltoli police station buildings located at the rear.

The implementation of the metro project entails the transfer of numerous government lands by the administration in the central region, including office spaces and vacant plots belonging to various departments. 

Additionally, the recent announcement of the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) policy in Indore further underscores the government’s commitment to maximising the benefits of the metro project. Under this policy, private and government lands within a 500-metre radius on both sides of the metro corridor will receive additional incentives.

As part of the Metro Rail Corporation’s plans, over a dozen significant government properties are slated for transfer to the Urban Administration and Development Department. This includes the prized land at Regal Square, as well as portions of the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) headquarters, parklands, and areas adjacent to the Devi Ahilya Central Library.

Reflecting on the architectural marvel of Rani Sarai, the building stands as a testament to Mughal craftsmanship, adorned with stone-block staircases and elegant arches throughout its structure. Notable features include a stone fountain in the courtyard, commissioned by Maharaj Tukojirao III in memory of his late queen’s assistant, Isaacas.

Originally constructed at a cost of Rs 1.56 lakh in 1907 by the firm of Bombay, Charles Stevenson, and Company, Rani Sarai holds a cherished place in the city’s history, embodying the grandeur and cultural richness of a bygone era. As preparations commence for its demolition to pave the way for modern infrastructure, the legacy of Rani Sarai will forever remain etched in the annals of Indore’s heritage.

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