CSTM station to be turned into a transport museum

The railway office in the building has been moved to neighbouring railway buildings

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The iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSTM), which is a historical heritage and also the headquarters of the Central Railway, is expected to establish a complete transport museum in the future. The railway office in the CSTM building has been moved to the neighbouring railway buildings and is being planned to be converted into a transport museum.

During his inspection of the CSTM building on Monday, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal instructed to establish such an architectural hall. He also met with conservation architects Abha Narain Lambah and Vikas Dilawari.

The Indian Institute for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has been asked to take a comprehensive review of the matter and report has been submitted.

CSTM, one of the finest examples of High Victorian Gothic architecture, may showcase a modern architectural gallery of models related to the railway. Likewise, the visitors will also be able to enjoy audio-visual show screenings.


The history of CSTM station building

The construction of the CSTM station building had started in May 1878 and was completed in 1888. Wilson Bell was the chief engineer of this building. In 1887, the building was named after Queen Victoria called the Victoria Terminus. Later, in memory of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in March 1996, it came to be called as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. In June 2017, the name was upgraded to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. The architecture of the CSTM has been granted UNESCO World Heritage Rights in 2004.

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