If you fine the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) world heritage building illuminated and decorated during festivals, do not be surprised.
The Central Railway (CR) has planned to light up the structure on national holidays, such as Independence Day and Republic Day, and festivals, such as Diwali and Holi.
The authorities say they expect the Rs 4.5-crore project to be over in less than a year. At present, there are normal yellow bulbs illuminating the CST building.
Sources in the CR said, “The colourful lights would project the image of our national flag on Independence Day or Republic Day. Similarly, on Diwali, the projector would reflect the images of lamps on the CST building.”
The railway ministry has allotted Rs 5 crore for the maintenance of the building’s exterior after it received the world heritage status by UNESCO. This is part of the remodelling of CST building where the entire façade and look of this gothic structure is set to change.
The sources pointed out that once the new lights are ready, the building would be illuminated every evening, but the images would appear only on special days. “We will ensure there is no damage to the building,” said S Mudgerikar, chief PRO, CR.
Meanwhile, Thane station, which is expected to be converted into a world-class station, is also undergoing few changes. The CR will be adding three new trains on platform 1 at the station.
This is being done to offload passengers taking the CST end foot-over bridge (FOB), which is said to have become weak.
“We will add another arm to this FOB on the south end as it is severely crowded during peak hours,” added Mudgerikar.