French consultant roped in for Mumbai CST makeover

Nagpur: A French consultant has been roped in to draw up a blueprint to transform Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) into a world-class station, a top Central Railway (CR) official said today.

"A French consultant has been appointed to create world-class facilities at CST. The consultant is drawing up a blueprint of the project," Kul Bhushan, General Manager, CR, told reporters here.

He did not identify the consultant.

All over the world, railway stations are a hub of commercial activities, which generate large revenue. Mumbai CST will be developed on the same pattern, he said. Bhushan, however, did not specify the timeframe or the proposed budget for the CST makeover.

CR was working on separate plans for Mumbai CST main and suburban lines. These include widening of platforms to accommodate 26-coach trains on the long-distance section, Bhushan said.

Central Railway will pick up Nagpur as the next destination for commercial exploitation, he added.