Mumbais iconic CSMT building may lose heritage tag; Rakesh Ranjan; India Today

India – Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)

Move to build a museum at Mumbai’s Shivaji terminus jeopardises UNESCO status.

It is famed as the second most photographed structure in India, besides being the most iconic railway station in the country. But the 129-year-old Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai now faces the threat of losing its UNESCO World Heritage tag.

After railway minister Piyush Goyal ‘desired’ to convert the building into a rail museum, Central Railway has moved a proposal seeking to vacate the CSMT building and subsequently sought for a new zonal headquarter building. Railway officials and heritage experts told Mail Today that any alteration with the usage or structure of the building might jeopardise the world heritage tag, as per the UNESCO norms.

A senior official of Railways’ heritage wing cited the precedence when UNESCO had put Hampi in the list of ‘world heritage sites in danger’.

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