Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is a popular and one of the most visited railway stations in Mumbai. It is located in Mumbai Central, one of the prime locations of the city. UNESCO designated this site as the “UNESCO World Heritage Site”. It’s a popular tourist attraction in Mumbai too.
In this article, we have compiled a list of important, basic, and interesting facts about Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. So, let’s see!
10 Interesting and Basic Facts About Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
1. UNESCO World Heritage Site
A few percent people knows that CST is a “UNESCO World Heritage Site”. The status was awarded in 2004 by the UNESCO.
2. Architect and Engineer
Did you know? Wilson Bell was the engineer of this project. On the other hand, Frederick William Stevens, Axel Haig were architect of the project.
3. A Whopping Cost of CST
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus or CST or CSMT was constructed with a whopping cost of 1,614,000 (US$24,000) which converts to US$30 million at this time.
4. Took 10 Years for Construction
CST or CSMT took about ten years to complete the construction. The construction of CST (CSMT) was started in May, 1878 and completed in May, 1888.
5. Attacked in 2008 by Pakistani Terrorists
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or CST or CSMT was attacked by two terrorists on November 26, 2008. They opened fire and threw grenades at people in random directions.
6. Number of Platforms at CST or CSMT
Did you know? There are 18 platforms in CST or CSMT. Out of 18, 7 platforms are used for local trains and 11 for long distance trains.
7. Facilities of Dormitories at CST or CSMT
The Ministry of Railways, Government of India inaugurated dormitories on April 16, 2013. The facility has 20 beds for women, and 58 beds for men. The facility was inaugurated by the Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.
8. Busy Suburban Railway Station
CST or CSMT is one of the busiest suburban railway stations in India. The railway station currently handles three million commuters daily.
9. Change of Name in 1996
The Ministry of Railways, Government of India changed the name of this railway station to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in honour of the King Chhatrapati Shivaji. It was done under the leadership of Suresh Kalmadi, the Minister of Railways in 1996.
10. Again Rename of CST
The Government of Maharashtra under the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis, a Hindu nationalist party leader and CM has proposed the rename by adding “Maharaj” to the name. The proposal was submitted on December 8, 2016 to the Government of India for further consideration and implementation the same.
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Article Title: 10 Interesting and Basic Facts About Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Article first published on March 4, 2017.