It is the second biggest demolition in the city this year. In May, the 38-year-old Lalbaug flyover was pulled down to make way for a new one.
Even as you are reading this, more than 200 workers and engineers will be busy demolishing the over 100-year-old structure of Masjid Bunder station.
“The moment the last train leaves Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) at 10 pm, the power to overhead wires will be switched off and wires brought down. This will be followed by the demolition, which will be done with immense precision and accuracy,” said SC Mudgerikar, Central Railway’s chief spokesperson.
“Collecting and disposing of the huge debris will be a major task,” said Rajnish Singh, chief executive officer of Vardhman Fantasy, one of the companies involved in the project
There will be a 40-wagon train on the tracks to collect the debris and transport it to landfill sites.
All trains for Pune have been cancelled.
“The passenger traffic between Mumbai and Pune has come down due to swine flu and we have spare buses. We will press them into service,” said OP Gupta, state transport managing director.
The BEST will run buses after midnight. There will be 37 additional services — 21 between CST-Wadala and 16 between Dadar and Colaba.
“Our additional general manager (traffic) will monitor the situation,” AS Tamboli, BEST spokesperson, said.
The Western Railway had to cancel its maintenance work between Marine Lines and Mahim as this would have inconvenienced south Mumbai bound commuters.