Mumbai: Central Railways to undertake restoration of CSMT heritage building; Asian Age

The 130-year-old majestic building, a UNESCO recognised world heritage site, will be upgraded and restored under ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’.

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Restoration work of Mumbai’s CSMT, a Unesco heritage building, begins; Aroosa Ahmed; Hindustan Times

The work began after the Central Railway proposed to grant a fund of Rs 41 crore to restore the heritage building. The Union budget of 2018 had allocated funds for the restoration work.

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Regent Seven Seas Reveals Luxury World Cruise for 2021; Cruise Critic

From Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to Turkey’s archeological site of Troy, Regent Seven Seas’ 2021 World Cruise will take passengers to 56 UNESCO World Heritage Sites — with business class airfare, a pre-cruise stay and all shore excursions included.

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Indian Railways’ Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus to undergo revamp; DNA

Indian Railways authorities have already shifted few of the offices that existed in the world heritage building. They will be carrying out improvement works without damaging the actual look of the structure. A detailed presentation was made on the same on Monday. The existing transport museum too is expected to be revived and recently a heritage gully was created next to platform 18 of CSMT station.

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The 11 most beautiful train stations around the world; Zibby Wilder; Matador Network

India – Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)

TRAVELING BY TRAIN is a time-tested method to enjoy seeing parts of countries we may not otherwise experience. Whether commuting or taking a long-distance journey, architecture, history, and artful aesthetics can make that wait for the next train pass in no time at all.

Here are some of the most beautiful, inside and out, train stations around the world.

1. Estação de São Bento, Porto, Portugal

The first train pulled into the station in São Bento in 1896. Architect Marques da Silva drew inspiration from Parisian architecture for its exterior and, inside, artist Jorge Colaço spent 14 years crafting a massive azulejo tile mural.

Even those in a hurry slow down to gaze upon its 20,000 hand-painted, tin-glazed, blue and white tiles. This is a busy destination for trains heading to the suburbs of Porto, as well as to and from Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon.

2. Antwerp Centraal Station, Antwerp, Belgium

Officially noted by the media as one of the world’s most beautiful railway station, this stone-clad terminal was originally constructed between 1895-1905.

Designer Louis Delacenserie designed the building using over 20 types of marble and stone.

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Soon, world heritage CST station under Central Railways to run on green energy; Devanjana Nag; Financial Express

India – Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)

The energy consumption of the UNESCO world heritage building of CSMT along with the office of the Mumbai division and other divisions of Central Railways at Manmad, Bhusawal and Nagpur will be fulfilled by a wind turbine under the latest initiatives by Central Railways.

Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus to run on green energy: Soon, the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CST) under Central Railways will be powered by green energy. The energy consumption of the UNESCO world heritage building of CSMT along with the office of the Mumbai division and other divisions of Central Railways at Manmad, Bhusawal and Nagpur will be fulfilled by a wind turbine under the latest initiatives by Central Railways. According to Sunil Udasi, Chief Public Relations Officer of Central Railways, the move is another green initiative by the Central Railways. Earlier, the Central Railways converted the Neral-Matheran section, Asangaon and Mankhurd stations as green energy stations.

To get power at Rs 5.18 per unit, the Central Railways has entered into an agreement with Sri Pavan Energy Pvt. Ltd.

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

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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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PM Modi turns down Piyush Goyal’s plan to turn Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus into museum; PTI

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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.

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A Complete Survival Guide to Mumbai’s Train System; Cyrus Daruwala; Roads & Kingdoms

India – Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)

Welcome to Mumbai. Please hit the ground running.

Like an overzealous Alexander heading inevitably toward disaster, Mumbai has expanded its boundaries at breakneck speed in the past two decades (though, thanks to its insane density, its urban footprint remains small compared to similarly populous metropolises). The infrastructure wheezes behind as it tries to keep up.

Thankfully, Mumbai’s famed spirit of ingenuity provides the harried commuter a whole host of small metal compartments to transport her from point A to point B: kaali-peeli (black and yellow) taxis, BEST buses, or 3-wheeler rickshaws, which weave ingeniously through suburban traffic (they’re not welcome in South Mumbai) thanks to their ergonomic design and fearless spirit. But the fastest—and, naturally, most congested—form of transit is the local train system.

Conceived initially by the marauding British, the Mumbai train system has 3 lines running through the heart, soul, and underbelly of India’s greatest city. Today, the Mumbai railways ferry an unbelievable 7.5 million people each day, from the northernmost exurbs, down through the gauntlet of the inner suburbs, and all the way to its pincer-shaped historic tip.

Source: A Complete Survival Guide to Mumbai’s Train System – Roads & Kingdoms

Museum will come up at Unesco World Heritage site Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus; Ashok Trivedi; India Samvad

India – Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)

The Central Railway had sought permission of the Railway Board in December 2017 to shift its headquarters from the iconic 129 year old CSTM to another site in Mumbai.

Mumbai: The unrivaled structure of the central railway building Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CSTM) would perpetuate its Unesco World Heritage site tag. The central railway had planned to shift its offices from there to mutate the office space into a museum.

The Central Railway had sought permission of the Railway Board in December 2017 to shift its headquarters from the iconic 129-year-old CSTM to another site in Mumbai. They planned to convert the present office into a museum. A senior Railway Minister official told that the proposal to transform the CSTM into a museum was received by the railway board 15 to 20 days before. The central railway has proposed to construct new headquarters at P D’Mello Road.

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