Soon, the entry and exit points of the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) will see a transformation. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has finalised the proposal to change the current polycarbonate roofing to transparent and toughened glass canopies worthy of the heritage precinct.
The glass canopies will be seen at four entrance and exits to the iconic station. Once the proposal has been approved by the standing committee, the work will be completed in six months, officials said. The Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) gave an in-principal nod to the proposal recently.
The proposal worth Rs2.35 crore will be tabled before the standing committee of the civic body soon for a final approval. Kiran Dighavkar, assistant commissioner of the A ward office (that includes Fort) said, “The glass canopies will provide unhindered view of the heritage structure. We had received many complaints that the beautiful arches are hidden because of the current polycarbonate roofing on the four subways.”
This proposal is one of the many plans that BMC and the Railways have drafted the transform the area around the station and enhance its heritage value. The station is one of the 10 iconic locations selected by the Central government to implement its Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan mission. Built in 1888 and a UNESCO world-heritage structure, CST is one the most photographed monuments in the city.
Recently, BMC also inaugurated a viewing gallery in front of the CST station for visitors to take pictures of the iconic grade-1 heritage station, BMC building and the capitol cinema. HT had earlier reported that BMC has made a detailed plan of beautifying the CST building, which focuses on measures to attract more tourists and ease pedestrian movement.
This plan, however, will be implemented in phases, where areas within 50 to 100 metres of the CST building too, will be taken up for beautification.