Mumbai News: CSMT Railway Station To Transform Into Modern Transportation & Heritage Hub

Mumbai News: CSMT Railway Station To Transform Into Modern Transportation & Heritage Hub

CSMT handles more than a thousand trains (suburban and non suburban) a day with nearly 11 lakh footfalls on average.

Kamal MishraUpdated: Friday, November 24, 2023, 02:15 PM IST
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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) Railway Station is set to be revamped into a state-of-the-art transportation and heritage hub. The extensive redevelopment project boasts an airport-like design, featuring 100 lifts, 75 escalators, and 10 travelators, elevating the passenger experience. The project also includes a state-of-the-art multilevel car parking facility capable of accommodating 1,700 cars.

The Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) oversees the extensive redevelopment, preserving CSMT's historical legacy. Ahluwalia Contracts (India) Limited has been awarded the contract for this ambitious project, estimated at Rs 2,450 crores, with completion expected in the next three to four years.

Scope of work

The scope of work encompasses the construction of a DRM (Divisional Railway Manager) complex (G+4), rest houses (G+2), passenger-related retail buildings, parcel buildings, linen buildings, Mechanical Department buildings, long-distance and suburban nodes and concourses, foot over bridges (FOBs), skywalks, heritage restoration with thorough roof refurbishment of the heritage structure, development of circulating areas, restoration of heritage buildings, landscaping, art works, ballast less tracks, and boundary walls.

CSMT, an iconic railway station of the country, handles over a thousand trains (including suburban and non-suburban) daily with nearly 11 lakh footfalls on average. The introduction of lifts, escalators, and travelators strategically positioned across the station is geared towards reducing commuting time and ensuring a hassle-free journey.

"The incorporation of 75 escalators facilitates smooth horizontal movement within CSMT, minimizing congestion during peak hours. Additionally, 10 travelators add an innovative touch to the station's infrastructure, designed to provide easy and quick traversal for commuters," said an official.

CSMT's commitment to modernisation

"CSMT's commitment to modernisation also includes a state-of-the-art multilevel car parking facility capable of accommodating 1,700 cars. This addresses the persistent parking challenges faced by commuters, contributing to reduced congestion in the station's vicinity," further added officials.

"As CSMT embraces these futuristic features, it positions itself as a symbol of innovation and progress in the heart of Mumbai. Commuters can anticipate a new era of seamless, convenient, and enjoyable travel through one of India's most historic railway hubs," said Dr Shivraj Manaspure, Chief Public Relations Officer of CR.

"The project has already achieved significant milestones, with the completion of site office setup, drone surveys, and ground-penetrating radar surveys. Topographical and aerial surveys, along with geotechnical testing, have provided crucial insights. The ongoing activities, such as shore piling work and utility surveys, showcase the dedication to meticulous planning and execution," he said.

According to CR, the vast scope of development at CSMT covers a total area of 4,61,534 sq meters, reflecting the scale of this transformative endeavor. Ongoing activities, including the finalization of the master layout, barricading of the LD Node Area, and setting up batching plants, underscore the project's momentum. The commitment to quality is evident in the 90% completion of modular permanent site offices and 75% completion of shore piling in the DRM Complex Area.

Current Status

The project has already achieved several milestones:

- Site office setup completed.

- Drone survey, GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) survey, hard barricading work, soil investigation, and mobilization of site works are completed.

- Topographical survey, aerial survey, and GTI (Geotechnical Testing & Inspection) in circulating areas near Platform no. 18 are completed.

- Inventory details for Traffic Accounts Building, New Administrative Building, old annex building, parcel office building, and PF no 18 side are being compiled.

- Shore piling work, Utility Survey and Temporary office shifting, Inventory of existing structures and support activity at Wadibunder works are in progress.

Area Statement

The total area of development at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus will be 4,61,534 sq mts out of which the new construction will be 2,79,507 sq meters, Refurbishment area will be 1,30,912 sq meters and the Circulation area will consist of 37,703 sq meters and other landscaping works of 13,412 sq meters.

Ongoing Activities

- Finalization of Master Layout.

- Barricading of LD Node Area - 21% completed up till now.

- Setting up of Batching Plant at CSMT & Wadibunder.

- Setting up of Modular Permanent Site Offices - 90% work completed till now.

- Shore Piling in DRM Complex Area - 75% completed now.

-Construction of Temporary Parcel Office near Platform No. 18.

- Shifting of Utilities in proposed DRM Complex Construction Area.

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