To mark CST’s 125yrs, CR plans grand festivities

The Central Railway is set to mark 125 years of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) extravagantly during the railway week celebrations in mid-April. A number of events and activities, including an exhibition, have been lined up to commemorate the occasion.

“Designed by Frederick William Stevens with influences from Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and traditional Mughal buildings, the station was built in 1888 over a decade to commemorate the Queen Victoria’s fiftieth birthday. The name of the station was changed from Victoria Terminus to its current one in March 1996. It was included inUNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2004,” a senior official said.

Railway week is celebrated every year around mid-April, as April 16 marks the day when the first train in India was run. There are plans to illuminate CST with thematic LED lights, by lighting up each and every corner of the building’s intricate design.

“In 1988, we had released a special stamp and postal cover and requested artist Rathin Mitra to make a few line drawings of the iconic building. This year, too, there are a number of events lined up,” the official added.

CR general manager Subodh Jain told, “There are a lot of innovative ideas planned for the occasion.”

The towering multi-storeyed additions and extensions that abutted the heritage structure’s main façade are already being pulled down by CR, slowly bringing back the original beauty of the structure from all sides.

The CR threw open the heritage building of CST for public viewing in December for a fee. It said visitors would be allowed access the heritage gallery (near the cash office), the star chamber, the grand staircase lounge on second floor of the building and the forecourt.