The Central Railway has roped in the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee, to conduct an inspection and audit of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) heritage building and Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) building in Mumbai. Since its inception CBRI has been assisting the building construction and building material industries in finding timely, appropriate and economical solutions to the problems of building materials, health monitoring and rehabilitation of structures, disaster mitigation, fire safety, Energy efficient rural and urban housing. CBRI will give suggestions to preserve the structure which will then be implemented by the engineering department of Central Railway.
CBRI has already conducted an inspection and audit of CSMT and will submit its audit report to CR within a month, along with recommendations of technologies that can be used to increase the life of the buildings. The suggestions will be mainly to conserve and increase the longevity of the building.
It may be recalled here that recently the CR had noticed leakages in the CSMT heritage building dome. To identify the leakages, an aerial survey of CSMT was conducted with the help of a drone.
Presently, the CR is conducting restoration work of the CSMT heritage building at a cost of Rs 41 crore. As a part of the restoration work, CR is replacing the wooden staircases and changing the damaged structures inside the building. Presently, the heritage building houses the offices of senior railway officials, including the general manager.
CSMT is a historic terminal train station and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mumbai. The terminus, built in 1887, was designed by British architectural engineer Frederick William Stevens in the style of Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture. The building exhibits a fusion of influences from Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and classical Indian architecture. The skyline, turrets, pointed arches, and eccentric ground plan are close to classical Indian palace architecture.