The iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) building, a UNESCO world heritage is soon going to get a makeover. The Central Railways (CR) has received a financial grant worth Rs 10 crore on Tuesday from the State Bank of India (SBI) Foundation for a period of three to five years for the conservation of the heritage building. The SBI has partnered with Central Railway and provided the money over a period of three to five years during which the renovation work would be evaluated, executed and monitored by CR.
The CSMT building needs to be restored as many structures have been broken. According to IANS report, Central Railway’s Divisional Railway Manager SK Jain and SBI Managing Director PK Gupta signed a memorandum of understanding, as per which the SBI Foundation will provide Rs 10 crore towards the project under the “SBI-Project Swachh Iconic CSMT”.
The process would involve conservation and restoration of the GM building, Old Annexe building facade, southern side open space restoration of ground level, and paving, landscaping, restoration of the heritage compound wall, museum, etc., to be done by INTACH, an expert agency. Central Railway CPRO Sunil Udasi detailed the engineering and architectural marvels of the building and its importance to global tourists.
The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), a non-profit organisation has been assigned the work of identifying the defects in the heritage building. DK Sharma, General Manager of Central Railway said, “The world heritage site will be restored based on internationally accepted norms and policies.” Sharma further added that the entire building will not only be rehabilitated but also more windows with views will be created. “We will be clearing the area near the depot so that people will get a better view of the building. Right now only the main entrance is there for viewing,” he said.
Vikas Dilawari, a conservation architect, appointed by INTACH for restoration work was quoted in reports saying, “We were assigned the work of identifying defects in the structure on the southern and eastern facade of the iconic railway station of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT). He said maps have been submitted to the central railways which reflect the minor defects in the structure and awaiting an approval from the railways to restore the remaining structures. Read more
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