MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): A redevelopment project is underway at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) Railway Station in Mumbai and on completion, it will have separate arrival and departure and be disabled-friendly, said the Union Railway Ministry Piyush Goyal on Friday.
“The redevelopment plan encapsulates integration of various modes to make this railway station a multimodal transport hub. It will include segregation of arrival and departure, divyang (disabled) friendly station, a better level of services for passengers, energy-efficient building and restoring the heritage site as per its 1930 levels,” it stated. While the total real estate built-up area is 25 lakh square feet, the construction period is of four years.
The estimated cost of the redevelopment project is around Rs 1,642 crore. The railway station will function like a ‘city centre rail mall’ and in addition to transportation needs, daily needs will also be fulfilled to avoid unnecessary travel within the city according to an official.
“Upon redevelopment, the railway station will provide multiple access points to passengers for easy commute and direct linkage between suburban railway, harbour line, long-distance, metro rail and commercial development,” a statement said. A pre-bid meeting was held in this regard and was attended by around 43 prospective bidders including the Adani Group, Tata Projects Ltd., Eldeco and GMR Group.
“The project will ease up the rush at the station and help to improve last mile connectivity”, said an official.