The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) is all set to be revamped by the Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC) under a four-year project, which is estimated to cost ₹1,642 crore.
“After the in-principle approval of the Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee, request for qualification on the public private partnership model was invited on August 20,” S.K. Lohia, MD & CEO, IRSDC, said in a virtual meeting on Monday.
He said M/s AREP from France executed the project plan after periodic discussions with stakeholders. He said, “The cost of redevelopment, including financing and contingency costs, is ₹1,642 crore. The redevelopment will be on a design, build, finance, operate and transfer basis.”
Mr. Lohia said the redevelopment is not just about upgrading the UNESCO world heritage site’s façade, but also “restoring it to 1930 levels”.
“We plan to have separate entry and exit points and improve the passenger area. There will be multi-modal integration to make sure people use public transport more,” he said.
The transport hub will have separate lines for suburban and long-distance trains. Ten platforms with 26-coach length for long-distance trains and five platforms for suburban trains will be built. The Harbour Line terminus will be shifted to the CSMT’s eastern side.
The upgraded terminus will have airport-style retail shops, food and beverage outlets, restaurants, and shops by luxury brands.
Mr. Lohia said, “This will be a city centre rail mall or a Railopolis project.” Special facilities for the differently-abled, lifts, escalators, travelators and mezzanine levels are planned. The amenities will be built by maintaining a height limit of 24 metres.
Offices to be shifted
The station will be decluttered and offices will be shifted to new buildings in Wadi Bunder and Byculla. “Under the project, a 1.40 lakh sq mt space will be developed at CSMT, with additional 80,000 sq mt and 30,000 sq mt centres at Wadi Bunder and Byculla respectively,” Mr. Lohia said.