MUMBAI: The Central Railway has decided to beautify all sides of heritage structure of CSMT. Presently, tourists only get to witness the beauty of CSMT’s western side as the north side view is covered by roofing over platforms, and the view is blocked on the eastern side view by a few temporary structures. The area in front of the southern side is shrouded by BEST bus stop. Financial grant of Rs.10 Crores to Central Railway for conservation of this World Heritage Building is being provided by SBI Foundation. First installment of Rs.2.3 lakh already released .
On Tuesday, a MOU exchange event was held at the historic dining hall of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Building between Central Railway and State Bank of India Foundation for Conservation and Restoration of World Heritage Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Building under ‘SBI – Project Swachh Iconic CSMT’. This MOU was exchanged between S. K. Jain, Divisional Railway Manager , Central Railways Mumbai Division and Pravin Kumar Gupta, MD, SBI.
On this occasion, D. K. Sharma, General Manager, Central Railway said that “We wants heritage structure of CSMT look equally majestic from all sides that’s why we decided to beautify the south west and east facade. This conservation and restoration of this World Heritage Site will be in conformation to internationally accepted norms and methodology.”
When Mirror asked beautification of North façade of heritage structure which is covered by roof of platfroms, Chief public relation officer of central railway Sunil Udasi said, “we are working on it.”
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus has been identified as one of the top ten Swachh Iconic Places by Ministry of Drinking water and Sanitation under Swachh Bharat Mission Program of Government of India.
State Bank of India Foundation is partnering with Central Railway by providing Rs. Ten Crores over the period of 3 – 5 years to Central Railway for the conservation of the world heritage Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Building under Swachh Bharat Mission. This renovation work of the building will be evaluated, executed and monitored by Central Railway.
An engineering marvel designed by the famous architect F. W. Stevens, who designed several other buildings in this city, but nothing is as marvelous and splendor as its first creation the Victoria Terminus, now known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.