Curbing air and noise pollution will be a priority for the Central Railway in its attempt to make Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus a world-class station in the next five years.
The Central Railway (CR) is conducting surveys to determine pollution levels at the station and surrounding areas. The consultants appointed by CR have been checking noise levels inside the station, pollution and wastes on the premises, platforms and outside the building and air pollution from vehicles outside affecting this heritage structure.
Sources who are part of this project said understanding the levels of pollution is necessary.
“This process would help in reducing the pollution levels and thus creating a better structure as part of a world-class station. We are looking at five important areas in and around CST station,” said the official.
As per an initial survey, the approximate noise level at CST station is 90 decibels emanating out of train horns and commuters visiting the station premises. This level is higher than the vehicular noise from road traffic and officials believe that this level is very high if CST is classified as a world-class station.
"More details will be included before compiling a preliminary report and submitting it to the Railway Board. Once it gets the approval, we will be able to prepare the master plan," added the official. The project was announced in this year's Rail Budget.
The CR will also conduct surveys to understand the socio-cultural and socio-economic strata of people visiting CST on a day-to-day basis.
“The socio-economic strata of people entering CST station is also a part of the survey, which would be helpful for determining the kind of structure required to make CST a world-class station,” said CR chief PRO, S C Mudgerikar.
These factors would help CR in maintaining CST as a heritage site in the future. “The design of the new station building should be in tandem with the policies set for a heritage site. As proposed earlier, we will not be having a glass façade at the passageway as it might not go well with CST's heritage look apart from the whole issue of keeping it clean,” explained another official.