The Central Railway (CR) has started constructing a 250-metre-long foot overbridge (FOB) connecting the eastern and western side of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) to set the sprawling terminus’s south bias right.
The five-metre-wide FOB will have both its ends in the railway premises, said officials.
Set to cost between Rs5-8 crore, it is expected to be completed by December this year.The new connector will start from the present FOB on the northern end — the point between platform no. 4 and 5 — and then move across the CST yard to meet the FOB that connects platforms 16, 17 and 18.
The 18-platform CST railway station has almost all its exits on the southern end with only one FOB in the northern end connecting platforms 1 to 7. The entrance from the GPO side and the subways from the BMC side are all on the southern end of the terminus. This leads to 80% of the commuters using the southern end.
“This southern tilt was fine when platforms 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 had not been built. With the construction of these new platforms, a passenger taking a long-distance train would have to walk a distance of almost a kilometre from the end of platform no. 18 to get to platform no. 1. He has to also take a massive C-shaped curve within the terminus. Withluggage, this is a nightmare for long-distance train passengers,” said a senior CR official.
Platforms 16, 17 and 18 have exits on the eastern side leading to P D’Mello Road but people prefer walking within the terminus and using the GPO-end to hail taxis especially at nights, officials said.