A controversy has erupted over the renovation/redevelopment of Mysuru Railway station which may derail/delay the project causing hardship to the passengers. The station is being redeveloped at an estimated cost of Rs 15 crore and the project is already half way through. In fact, the project completion deadline is June 30 which may not be met if the controversy is not resolved amicably and immediately. Railways has already extended deadline from April 30thto June 30thand according to the authorities if this deadline is not met there would be substantial delay in completing the project due to Monsoon rains.
According to the Mysuru Heritage Experts Committee, renovation is being carried out in violation of heritage norms and its guidance which has been denied by the railways. But heritage experts are concerned over the project as they fear that the station and the railway offices which are listed among the city’s 201 heritage buildings may lose its original character. But the railway authorities have maintained that there is no violation nor has the heritage committee raised any specific objections. According to the Railway authorities they were installing pillars at the main porch so that the façade had a continuity and it would not harm the heritage value of the structure.
A meeting of the stakeholders and officials besides a site visit to the railway station is slated for May 25 to resolve the issue.
The station was constructed in the late 1940s. The current redevelopment entails improvement and expansion of circulating area by relocating railway offices, improvements to the façade of the station building, improvement to the waiting hall, expansion of the circulating area of the second entry, shifting of the parcel office, and improved illumination.
Mysuru Railway station has a special attraction because of a museum which has exhibits of vintage locomotives. Located very close to the railway station this museum is the second such museum after Delhi.