Mumbai: The Western Railway headquarters (Churchgate station) and the narrow gauge Neral-Matheran railway are the two inclusions among the 46 nominations listed by the union ministry of culture in its revised UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.
The announcement was made on Wednesday in Parliament by minister of state, culture and tourism (independent charge) Dr Mahesh Sharma.
Sources said Churchgate station and Matheran Light Railway have been considered in the tentative UNESCO list and India has now sent the nominations at the next convention.
The Churchgate building was built in the 19th century as the headquarters of the erstwhile Bombay Baroda & Central India Railways (BB&CI) – now the Western Railway.
The Matheran Light Railway has been described as a master piece of engineering art put on the difficult terrain of Matheran more than a century ago with primitive engineering tools and technology with no parallel in the world.
History of Churchgate Railway Station
Churchgate station gets its name from Church Gate street which is on the immediate south of the station. This is the first station of the Western Railway suburban network of Mumbai. Churchgate station is a terminus of Western Railway line of Mumbai Suburban Railway. It is the southernmost station of the city, though up to the 1931, Colaba was the southernmost station, however the rail line was removed beyond Churchgate, making Churchgate the southernmost station.