Prime Minister Narendra Modi has turned down Railway Minister Piyush Goyal’s ambitious plan to convert Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus into one of the first museum-cum-railway stations in India, ministry sources said.
The terminal was built over 10 years, starting in 1878.
It was designed on the late medieval Italian models and it was elevated to the status of a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2004.
Goyal had announced to convert the busy terminal into a “world-class museum” during his visit there in November.
During a meeting attended by Goyal and senior Railway Board members on March 26, Prime Minister Modi questioned the logic behind such ambitious projects, the sources said.
They said the Railway Board was also against Goyal’s museum proposal, which could displace a lot of employees and it would be difficult to accommodate them somewhere else.
Railway zones, too, had objected to it.
The prime minister is understood to have remarked on the lack of railway artifacts that could be showcased in the proposed museum, which, the sources said, were not enough.