Former civil servant Mahesh Neelkanth Buch was cremated with full state honours on Sunday morning at the Bhopal's Bhadbhada crematorium.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, chief secretary Anthony de Sa, DGP Surendra Singh, state election commissioner R Parasuram, former chief secretary Avani Vaish among others were present at the funeral.
MN Buch, popularly known as the 'architect of modern Bhopal' passed away on Saturday evening after a brief illness. He was 80.
The CM recalled Buch as a civil servant who spoke his mind without fear.
Chouhan said Buch was concerned about what was happening in the state and very often wrote or called up officers to tell them what had gone wrong and what needed to be corrected.
He said that a good tribute could be given to MN Buch if all the administrative officers worked honestly for planning the development of Bhopal "since the subject was close to his heart."
Buch had contested for a Lok Sabha seat from Betul but only lost it narrowly.
"There are other things that go into winning an election which Buch did not use. But the people loved him and he came very close to winning the election," said the CM.
Members from the Gujarati community, civil servants, media and police also paid their respects to the former bureaucrat.
The IAS association will hold a prayer meeting at the IAS guest house at 6.30 pm on Monday.
A large number of retired and serving civil servants, including collector Nishant Warwade, SSP Raman Singh, IG Yogesh Chaudhry, principal secretaries Iqbal Singh Bains, Ajit Kesri, SN Misra, ICP Keshari, housing board commissioner Nitesh Vyas were also present on the occasion.
MN Buch's remains would be immersed in the Narmada on Monday morning.