Date of Post: 28 Nov, 2017
The much-awaited air-conditioned local train will start running by December 25.The Announcement Came From Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, who visited the heritage gallery at CSMT. And was accompanied by art director Nitin Desai and INTACH vice-chairperson Tasneem Mehta,also proposed grand plans of an extended heritage transport museum for Mumbai.
- Divisional railway officials said the minister has plans to convert the entire CSMT building into a museum complete with outdoor exhibits, representing railway history in a perspective, given the fact that it is the Ground Zero for Indian Railways.
- The heritage gallery today is a small room that preserves and displays relics of India’s first railway company found along the line. The station building, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site, is one of the most important stations around the world.
- Central Railway and INTACH had joined hands to kick-off phase two of the restoration of the building and that the CSMT’s eastern and southern facades that house the heritage gallery are in line for a touch-up.
- Mehta said, “Railways has been the backbone of India and the great unifier of this country. Construction of railways changed the way India was. It connected people from the north and the south and built India as one nation. This romance of travel and historical importance of the railways has to come out well.”
- Goyal visited Elphinstone Road and Currey Road stations, earlier in the day, to review work on foot overbridges (FOBs) and other upgrades that are happening after the September 29 stampede. He also went through the designs that were made by the Indian Army for FOBs.
- Goyal said he was quite happy with the collective efforts of the Army and railway teams, and also with the fact that an additional bridge would soon be ready at Elphinstone Road station.