Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation will spend Rs 80.45 lakh in order to build a selfie point outside the Unesco World Heritage Site Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST). The plan to create a dedicated platform to click photos was earlier proposed by the area councilor from Shiv Sena, Ganesh Sanap.
The BMC will raise a platform that would be created above the ventilation duct of the subway which is at the main exit door. Sanap told Free Press Journal, “The heritage building is the second most photographed after the Gateway of India, Colaba. Several people are seen taking photographs everyday outside the CST station. The plan was proposed to reduce risk of the selfie-crazy people since there is continuous rush of vehicles on the main road adjoining the gate.”
According to a civic official, the area of the platform (150 sq ft) will house approximately 30 people at a given moment and it will provide an unhindered view of this historic and heritage building. In fact after the entire building is lit every night with different lighting, it has become a much sought after place for selfies and pictures during night time too.
“We are aware that CST is a popular tourist spot and we want to bank on it. Why foreigners, so many Indians and our citizens come here every day to admire this beautiful building. We know that now selfies are a craze and youth do not care of their security, keeping in mind the safeguards we have sent this proposal,” the official said.
Pooja Saini, a daily commuter at the CST station, said, “The selfie point is a great initiative by the civic body. It will attract more tourists to this spot and they will learn more about this historic place. Mumbaikars also come here to click the building after 26/11 attacks and now they have made it look beautiful.”
However not many are happy with this move, they feel BMC should pull up their socks and provide civic facilities. Shivraj Pandit, a civic activist, said, “The civic body should more focus on city’s pertinent problems rather than spend on a selfie point. Citizens have no space to walk on the roads or pavements due to bad quality and planning. This will lead to more congestion on our roads.”