Artists skilled in stone carving have been roped in to restore the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), according to a Central Railway (CR) official.
The 130-year-old building, a UNESCO recognised world heritage site, has been chosen among 10 places to be upgraded and restored under the government’s Swachh Bharat Mission. The building houses the Central Railway’s headquarters. The total budget of the restoration project is Rs. 51 crore and the State Bank of India’s CSR arm, SBI Foundation, has committed Rs. 10 crore for conservation of the building.
“The conservation and restoration of this heritage building is under way as per the international norms and methodology, and skilled artists have been roped in for the stone carving work,” Central Railway’s chief spokesperson Sunil Udasi said.
The works include landscaping and restoration of the CR general manager’s office located in the CSMT premises, facade of the Old Annexe building and the structure’s compound wall.
Mr. Udasi said, “The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage has been appointed as a consultant for the project.”
JJ School of Arts here has been entrusted with the task of providing centralised air-conditioning to CSMT. The Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee, has been asked to give a report on how to maintain the stability of the structure, he said.
The CSMT was designed by British architect F.W. Stevens in Victorian style and by traditional Indian themes in 1878. Originally named as the Victoria Terminus, it was built at a cost Rs. 16 lakh.
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