The new plan will be launched under the flagship CSMT-facelift project in Mumbai
The Indian Railways Stations Development Corporation (ISRDC) has decided to develop a passenger 'deck' to link the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus to the Crowford Market in Mumbai. Similar structures will also be used to connect outstation train platforms, read reports. As per officials, the new plan has been launched under the flagship CSMT-facelift project, which aims to build a model city centre here, at par with global standards.
Development work consensus to be drafted within a month
As of now, passengers either have to walk from the CSMT to the iconic Crowoford Market or de-board the local train at Masjid Bunder Railway Station and take a cab. The new passenger deck will improve connectivity between the shopping centre and the terminus, amplifying last-mile connectivity for several daily commuters.
In a review meeting conducted on Tuesday, officials of the ISRDC, MMRDA and Mumbai Port Trust have decided to progress the development task with synergy. The assemblage was conducted under the review of the Maharashtra Railway Minister, Roasaheb Danve, who informed that all agencies have decided to work together towards the redevelopment programme of the 133-year-old terminus. As per reports, he has asked the related authorities to coordinate and draft a consensus for the development work, with a month.
A master plan for the same was also presented here, which included the installation of a node above rail lines connecting suburban & outstation platforms, all-weather roofs & an integrated transport hub for harbour railways, metro and even roads. According to the project design, the multi-model interchange hub will be centred at the P D'Mello entrance of the station and extension of the eastern freeway.
The CSMT Redevelopment Project
The CSMT redevelopment scheme visions to revamp the British era, old railway terminus into a modern transport and model city centre. The project will be undertaken through the public-private partnership (PPP) mode, at a DBFOT budget of ₹1,642 crores. The plan is expected to shape up by 2025, added reports.
Construction of commercial spaces, with provisions for eateries such as restaurants and cafes, have been pipelined under the redevelopment plan. Additionally, vehicular parking systems will also be stationed within the terminus. Plans are underway to segregate outstation and local train passengers movements by setting up interconnecting decks. As such, the services on harbour platforms will be directed towards the P D'Mello entrance of the terminus under the scope of the redevelopment.