Mumbai’s CSMT station to get Rs 1,642 crore makeover

Mumbai, August 24

The iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, which is a UNESCO recognised world heritage website and the largest railway terminal in Mumbai, is ready to get a makeover with world class services at a price of Rs 1,642 crore, officers stated on Monday.

Under the venture, the plan is to shift some railway workplaces from the premises to Byculla and Wadi Bunder yards, create extra pedestrian space and have an entry management system on the station, they stated.

The 130-year-old majestic constructing, constructed in Victorian Gothic model, homes the Central Railways headquarters and in addition platforms of the suburban and lengthy distance trains.

The Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC) on August 20 invited the Request For Qualification (RFQ) for the redevelopment of the station via the general public non-public partnership (PPP) mannequin.

Addressing reporters through digital mode on Monday, ISRDC Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Sanjeev Kumar Lohia stated the redevelopment of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in south Mumbai wouldn’t solely be restricted to bettering the facade of the station.

“Since it’s a heritage construction, the primary essential factor is to revive its heritage. We will restore the heritage to the 1950-level, Lohia stated.

The venture has acquired in precept approval of the general public non-public partnership appraisal committee (PPPAC) and RFQ for the redevelopment of CSMT has been invited, he stated.

According to IRSDC, the venture value is Rs 1,642 crore, together with the development value of Rs 1,231 crore and financing value of Rs 328 crore.

The re-devlopment of the construction can be finished on DBFOT (design, construct, finance, function and switch) foundation.

The bidding course of can be finished in two stages- RFQ and Request for Proposal (RFP).

“The selected bidder at the RFP stage shall take up redevelopment of the railway station and commercial development of the surrounding railway land on leasehold basis, up to 60 years for commercial development and up to 99 years for residential development on selected plots, along with operation and maintenance of the station for 60 years on concession basis,” a launch issued by IRSDC stated.

Under the venture, authorities have deliberate to demolish some present buildings within the CSMT premises and shift some railway workplaces to Byculla and Wadi Bunder yards, to create extra pedestrian space on the southern finish of the station.

Even the present taxi stand can be shifted near the boundary wall adjoining the Saint George Hospital, officers stated.

Also, the Harbour line, which connects south Mumbai with western suburbs and Navi Mumbai, can be shifted to the P D’mello Road facet on east of the principle line station on an elevated stage, they stated.

According to IRSDC, the stations can have an entry management system and the passengers should pay a person price, which the railway board will determine in future.

The station was designed in 1878 by British architect F W Stevens in Victorian model, nicely aided with conventional Indian themes.

Originally named because the Victoria Terminus, it was constructed at a price of round Rs 16 lakh. The construction, which took practically 10 years to be constructed, gave the 19th century Mumbai its gothic metropolis look. PTI


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