Some noted architects have opposed the Railway Minister’s plan to convert the 130-year-old Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) building into a museum. They feel that the move is impractical as CSMT was designed for a different purpose. Even Railway Employees Union has opposed the move saying that it will put employees into hardship.
It may be recalled here that the Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, during his visit to Mumbai in November last year, had announced that CSMT would be converted into a world-class museum. A few days back, railway authorities invited expression of interest (EoI) to develop the museum and formed an advisory board to execute the plan. As per the directions of the Railway Board’s under-secretary (Establishment), the advisory board will comprise the general manager of the Central Railway and five members, who will conceptualise, finalise and recommend the plan for the museum.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) formerly known as Victoria Terminus is a historic railway station and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mumbai India which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways. The station has been designed by Frederick William Stevens according to the concept of Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and meant to be a similar revival of Indian Goth (classical era) architecture. The station was built in 1887 in the Bori Bunder area of Mumbai to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. It is one of the busiest railway stations in India, serving as a terminal for both long-distance trains and commuter trains. The structure was listed as a World Heritage structure in 2005.