Mumbai: Central Railways want to set up central air-conditioning at CSMT; Rajendra B Aklekar; Mid-Day

India – Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)

Just weeks after its proposal to convert the heritage station into a museum was scuttled by higher-ups, Central Railway is back with another controversial plan

Just a month after Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised doubts about Railway Minister Piyush Goyal’s pet project to convert the heritage CSMT building into a transport museum, the Central Railway has now embarked on yet another potentially controversial project. The CR plans to instal central air-conditioning in the Victorian-era structure.

CR has floated a R6.2-crore work order to air condition Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) — a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. But it will be very uncool if the air conditioning units mar the Victorian elegance of the building, warned conservation experts.

Part of museum plan
Railway officials said that central air-conditioning was part of the museum plan. They added there will be no compromise on the heritage of the building, and that they shall consult experts before they embark on the project.

This is not the first time that CR has undertaken a controversial renovation project at CSMT.

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