The next destination in our list was the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus which is nothing but a railway station in Mumbai. But if you think that it is just a simple railway station, you are wrong. It has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 2004 and has an extremely rich association with Maharashtra’s history. It also serves as the main hub for the Central Railways.
We came to know that the credit for designing the railway station goes to Frederick William Stevens who had been influenced by architecture from Mughal buildings and late Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival. It was originally established to commemorate the completion of 50 years of Queen Victoria in the year 1887 in what was known as Bori Bunder. There is no doubt about the fact that Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai is one of the busiest stations in the world.
It acts as a major terminal for commuter trains under Suburban Railway of Mumbai as well as long distance express trains. It was originally named as Victoria Terminus and got its present name in the month of March in 1996 at the hands of Suresh Kalmadi, the then Minister of Railways. The station clearly reminds us of the grandeur of the rule of the British before independence. Such is the magnificence of the station that it still stands as an important landmark in the history of Mumbai’s central business district. It also represents the importance of the industrial revolution.
We could easily spot that the structure shows the importance of the massive city in building the economy of the country as well as the commonwealth of British people. One of the old residents told us that the CST has been the lone witness to Mumbai’s rapid growth since ages. It is said that at the time of its opening, the structure was the most expensive one in the city, with a value of more 2,50,000 Sterling Pounds. There is a high dome which acts as the structure’s main focal point. It has been designed magnificently with ancient styled windows and rows and arched shapes which clearly take you back to the design of Indian palaces.