Central Railways headquarters at Mumbai CSTM.
Central Railways headquarters at Mumbai CSTM.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) is taking a metro turn with the rest of the city. In the grand scale of infrastructure plans, the terminus will be a cog in the wheel connecting various modes of public transit. Right from laying a new elevated Harbour line terminating near GPO to creating an intersection with Metro 3 and Metro 11 lines, CSMT will become a nodal junction in Mumbai.

The new connections are a part of the overall revamp of the terminus, which will evolve into a ‘Rail-o-polis’, with residential and commercial offices built over 2.54 lakh square meters at a cost of Rs 1,642 crore. A high-level coordination meeting to make that happen is expected to be held between the state government and Indian Railways in the next few days.

According to senior officials from the Central Railway (CR), the proposed fast line on Panvel-CSMT Harbour corridor will come all the way till GPO or St. George Hospital via PD’Mello Road. Earlier, it was to terminate at Carnac Bunder. “This rail line will be at least 16 meters above the existing road. The Eastern Freeway will also be extended, which would run right below the new elevated rail line,” explained a CR official.

The inter-agency meeting will discuss the topics on bringing this rail line till GPO, procuring land from MbPT, extension of Parel-CSMT 5th – 6th lines for segregating long distance trains, rehabilitation of project-affected persons falling on this stretch, besides other issues. The suburban rail line at CSMT is likely to be joined by subways and foot over bridges to connect it with Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 and Wadala-CSMT Metro-11 as well.

Entering the CSMT station on its long-distance section will be chargeable and commercially used in the near future as part of this ‘Rail-o-polis’. The plan includes conservation of the heritage building, revamp of the areas in and around the station, convergence of different modes of transportation and designing facilities for passengers. Lease-rights for real estate up to 99 years for residential or non-residential formats are also proposed.

The entire plan is to create a multimodal hub, creating a heritage zone and giving shape to station development through private financing. Concourse area will be beautified; a heritage square, pedestrian plaza around heritage buildings and a green zone will be created.

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