Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus).jpg
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus,on map_type= Mumbai,oncoordinates = 18°56′23″N 72°50′08″E / 18.9398°N 72.8355°E / 18.9398; 72.8355
General information
Architectural style Indo-Saracenic
Country India
Construction started May 1878; 139 years ago (1878-05)[1][2]
Completed May 1888; 129 years ago (1888-05)[1]
Cost 1,614,000 (US$25,000)(at that time) Now, 2,013.4 million (US$31 million)
Client Bombay Presidency
Design and construction
Architect Frederick William Stevens, Axel Haig
Engineer Wilson Bell
Official name Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iv
Designated 2004 (28th session)
Reference no. 945
State party  India
Language English
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus
Owned by Indian Railways
Operated by Central Railway zone
Platforms 18
Connections Bus interchange Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg
Structure type At-grade
Other information
Status Functioning
Station code CSTM
Zone(s) Central Railway zone
Division(s) Mumbai CR
Opened May 1888; 129 years ago (1888-05)[1]
Electrified 25 kV AC 50 Hz

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CSTM), is a historic railway station and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways. Designed by Frederick William Stevens with the concept of Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and meant to be a similar revival of Indian Goth (classical era) architecture, the station was built in 1887 in the Bori Bunder area of Mumbai to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The new railway station was built on the location of the Bori Bunder railway station[3] and is one of the busiest railway stations in India,[4] serving as a terminal for both long-distance trains and commuter trains of the Mumbai Suburban Railway. The station's name was changed to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in March 1996.

The station was proposed to be renamed as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, by adding "Maharaj" to the name, by the Government of Maharashtra on 8 December, 2016 and forwarded to the Government of India, for consideration and implementation of the same.[5][6][7] The state government's request was approved by the Union Home Ministry on 6 May 2017.[8]


Bori Bunder (alternatively "Bori Bandar") was one of the areas along the Eastern shore line of Mumbai, India which was used as a storehouse for goods imported and exported from Mumbai. In the area's name, 'Bori' means sack and 'Bandar' means port or haven (in Marathi); So Bori Bunder literally means a place where sacks are stored. In the 1850s, the Great Indian Peninsular Railway built its railway terminus in this area and the station took its name as Bori Bunder. On 16 April 1853 the Great Indian Peninsular Railway operated the historic first passenger train in India from Bori Bunder to Thane covering a distance of 34 km (21 mi), formally heralding the birth of the Indian Railways. The train between Bori Bunder and Thane took 57 minutes at a distance of 35 km (22 mi) apart.


The station was eventually rebuilt as the Victoria Terminus, named after the then reigning Queen, and has been subsequently renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) after the great 17th-century Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji.

The station was designed by the consulting British architect Frederick William Stevens (1848–1900). Work began in 1878. He received 1,614,000 (US$25,000) as the payment for his services.[1] Stevens earned the commission to construct the station after a masterpiece watercolour sketch by draughtsman Axel Haig.[1] The final design bears some resemblance to St Pancras railway station in London.[1][9] GG Scott's plans for Berlin's parliament building had been published four years before, and also has marked similarities to the station's design.[10] Crawford market is also located near CSTM.

Opening and growth as Victoria & Bombay Terminus[edit]

The station took ten years to complete,[9] the longest for any building of that era in Bombay. This famous architectural landmark in a Gothic-revival style was built as the headquarters of the Great Indian Peninsular Railway. Since then, the station came to be known as Bombay VT.(Railway code-BBVT) Originally intended only to house the main station and the administrative offices of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, a number of ancillary buildings have been added subsequently, all designed so as to harmonise with the main structure. The original platforms were from 1–9. As the Harbour line was being extended from its previous terminus at Dockyard road to VT, to prevent congestion, a new mainline concourse with platforms 10–13 to the east of the existing suburban concourse was constructed, to handle main line traffic was erected in 1929. The original building is still in use to handle suburban traffic and is used by over three million commuters daily. It is also the administrative headquarters of the Central Railway.


The station has been renamed 4 times. It was originally known as Bori Bunder in the 1850s. It was rebuilt as Victoria Terminus to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. In 1996, the Minister of Railways, Suresh Kalmadi, changed the name of the station to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus[11][12] in honour of Great King Chhatrapati Shivaji, founder of the Maratha Empire. In 2017, the station was renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.[13]

2008 Mumbai attacks[edit]

The Terminus in the 1950s

On 26 November 2008, two terrorists entered the passenger hall of the CST, opened fire and threw grenades at people. The terrorists were armed with AK-47 rifles. One of the terrorists, Ajmal Kasab, was later caught alive by the police and identified by eyewitnesses. The others did not survive. The attacks began around 21:30 when the two men entered the passenger hall and opened fire,[14][15] The attackers killed 58 people and injured 104 others,[15] their assault ending at about 22:45 after they exited the station via the North FOB towards the west to Cama hospital back entrance.[14] This despite the fact that Central Railway RPF Hq being located near Platform 13 overlooking the central passenger hall. The CCTV captured the attack but was not completely made public to hide Railway police inaction.The CCTV evidence was used to identify and indict Kasab, who was a terrorist. In 2010, Kasab was sentenced to death for his role in the attack, and in 2012 he was hanged.


The station building is designed in the High Victorian Gothic style of architecture. The building exhibits a fusion of influences from Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and classical Indian architecture. The skyline, turrets, pointed arches, and eccentric ground plan are close to classical Indian palace architecture. Externally, the wood carving, tiles, ornamental iron and brass railings, grills for the ticket offices, the balustrades for the grand staircases and other ornaments were the work of students at the Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art. The station stands as an example of 19th century railway architectural marvels for its advanced structural and technical solutions.

The CST was constructed using high level of engineering both in terms of railway engineering and civil engineering. It is one of the first and is considered as one of the finest products of the use of industrial revolution technology merged with revival of the Gothic Revival style in India . The centrally domed office structure has a 330 feet long platform connected to a 1,200 feet long train shed, and its outline provides the skeleton plan for building. CST's dome of dovetailed ribs, built without centering, was considered as a novel achievement of the era. The interior of the building was conceived as a series of large rooms with high ceilings. It is a utilitarian building and has had various changes required by the users, not always sympathetic. It has a C-shaped plan which is symmetrical on an east-west axis. All the sides of the building are given equal value in the design. It is crowned by a high central dome, which acts as the focal point. The dome is an octagonal ribbed structure with a colossal female figure symbolizing Progress, holding a torch pointing upwards in her right hand and a spoked wheel in her left hand. The side wings enclose the courtyard, which opens on to the street. The wings are anchored by monumental turrets at each of their four corners, which balance and frame the central dome. The façades present the appearance of well proportioned rows of windows and arches. The ornamentation in the form of statuary, bas-reliefs, and friezes is exuberant yet well controlled. The columns of the entrance gates are crowned by figures of a lion (representing Great Britain) and a tiger (representing India). The main structure is built from a blend of India sandstone and limestone, while high-quality Italian marble was used for the key decorative elements. The main interiors are also decorated: the ground floor of the North Wing, known as the Star Chamber, which is still used as the booking office, is embellished with Italian marble and polished Indian blue stone. The stone arches are covered with carved foliage and grotesques.[16]

Internally, the ceiling of the booking hall was originally painted blue, gold and strong red on a ground of rich blue with gold stars. Its walls were lined with glazed tiles made by Maw & Co of Britain.[17] Outside, there are statues representing Commerce, Agriculture, Engineering and Science, with a statue representing Progress on the central dome of the station.[17] A statue of Queen Victoria beneath the central dome has been removed.[17]


CST has 18 bay platforms: 7 are for local suburban trains on the west side of the station and 11 are for long distance out-station trains on the east side of the station. Platforms 1–13 open directly into the concourse on the South-side. The newer Platforms 14–18 are located in Carnac bunder(North-east side) with a covered pathway from the bay ends of the platforms to the concourse.

Platforms 1–2 handle 9 & 12 coach Harbour line trains, Platforms 3–6 handle 12 coach Main line trains and Platform 7 handles 12 & 15 coach Main line trains. All suburban platforms are double-discharge i.e. passengers can alight and board on either side.

Platforms 8–16 handles Out-station trains. Platform 8–9 & 12-13 handles <=18 coach trains. Platform 10-11 handles <=15 coach trains. Platform 14-15 handles <=24 coach trains; Platform 16-17 & Platform 18 handles <=26 coach trains. The Railway ministry sanctioned the extension of Platforms 10-13 to accommodate 24 coach trains in 2015 Railway budget. In order to extend these two platforms, the Historic CSTM Coaching Depot (India's first train maintenance Depot, Est. 1853) will have to be permanetly shut down and all train maintenance will have to be relocated to the Wadi Bunder Coaching depot(Below Sandhurst Road Station). Infrastructure work i.e. Multiple 24 coach pit lanes with Catwalk, in the defunct Goods Yard at Wadi Bunder Depot, have not yet begun.

Apart from via the concourse on the South-side, all platforms(except platform 2-FOB landing removed during platform extension work) are connected on the North-side via FOB stretching from Times of India building on DN road to Platform 18.

Rumours persist that the design for Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai was originally designated for Flinders Street Station. However, no convincing evidence, other than architectural similarities to other buildings in their respective cities, has been produced to support the rumour.[citation needed]

Plans are underway to upgrade Mumbai CST (along with Pune Jn. and Nagpur) by means of a public-private partnership.[citation needed]

Ticket Booking offices[edit]

There are 4 booking offices located in various locations on the station complex. The main booking office for suburban (local trains) is located in the Heritage building on the south west end, in front of Harbour platforms. The second suburban Booking office is located on the ground floor of the annexe building at the northwest end on DN road near the entrance to harbour line platform 1/FOB. The third Booking office is in front of the vehicle/taxi drop-off lane. Suburban train tickets,Outstation train's unreserved General Coach tickets and Current tickets(Vacant seats in reserved coaches, available after reservation chart-list is prepared) can be purchased here.

The outstation train Booking office (PRS) is located at the south east end near the exit road leading to St. George hospital.

Suburban network[edit]

Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus
छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराज टर्मिनस
Mumbai Suburban Railway station
Location Dr Dadabhai Naoroji Rd, Dhobi Talao
Coordinates 18°56′23″N 72°50′08″E / 18.9398°N 72.8355°E / 18.9398; 72.8355
Owned by Indian Railways
Line(s) Central Line, Harbour Line
Platforms 07
Structure type Standard on-ground station
Bicycle facilities No
Other information
Station code ST
Fare zone Central Railway zone
Opened 1853; 164 years ago (1853)
Closed 1878; 139 years ago (1878)
Rebuilt 1887; 130 years ago (1887)
Electrified Yes
Previous names Great Indian Peninsula Railway
Preceding station  
Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg
  Following station
Terminus Central Line
Main Line
toward Kalyan
Terminus Harbour Line
toward Andheri or Panvel

Harbour line
Konkan Railway
to Roha and Goa
to Uran City
Konkan Railway
to Karjat and Vasai Road
Taloja River
CBD Belapur
Nerul–Uran line
to Uran City
Western Line
to Dahanu Road
planned extension to Borivali
Ram Mandir
Trans-Harbour Line
to Thane
Mumbai Metro Line 1 logo.png Line 1 Andheri
Sahar Airport Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Vile Parle
Thane Creek
Sahar Airport Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Santacruz
Khar Road
Chembur Mumbai MonoRail Logo.svg Line 1 Monorail
Tilak Nagar
Mithi River
Central Line
to Thane and Karjat
Kurla Lokmanya Tilak Terminus LTT Terminus
Western Line
to Churchgate
Central line
King's Circle
Guru Tegh
Bahadur Nagar
Mumbai MonoRail Logo.svg Line 1
Vadala Road Mumbai MonoRail Logo.svg Line 1
Cotton Green
Reay Road
Dockyard Road
Central line
Sandhurst Road
Mumbai Metro Line 1 logo.png Line 3
Mumbai CST

The network of suburban trains (locally known as locals, short for local trains) radiating out from this station is instrumental in keeping Mumbai running. The station serves long-distance trains as well as two of the suburban lines-the Central Line and the Harbour line. It is the westernmost terminus of Central Railway.

CST has 18 platforms – seven are for locals trains and 11 are for long distance.


Air-conditioned dormitories were inaugurated at CST on 16 April 2013 by Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. The facility has 58 beds for men and 20 for women.[18]

In popular culture[edit]

The station has been the location of filming the "Jai Ho" song in Slumdog Millionaire;[19] and Ra.One.[20]

In 1956, the station was also featured in the film C.I.D. during the song "Yei Hai Bombay Meri Jaan".


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ File:India Mumbai Victor Grigas 2011-15.jpg
  3. ^ Aruṇa Ṭikekara, Aroon Tikekar (2006). The cloister's pale: a biography of the University of Mumbai. Popular Prakashan. p. 357. ISBN 81-7991-293-0. Page 64
  4. ^ "India's impressive railway stations". 13 October 2011. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  5. ^ "To add ‘Maharaj’, Maharashtra Cabinet renames Mumbai airport, CST". The Indian Express. 8 December 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "Mumbai airport, iconic CST station get a Maharaj makeover to their names". India Today. 8 December 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Maharashtra govt again renames airport & CST, adds ‘Maharaj’". The Times of India. 8 December 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Elphinstone Road station to become Prabhadevi - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "Advisory Body Evaluation: Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus" (PDF). 
  10. ^ Bombay Gothic by Christopher W London 2002 India Book House PVT Ltd ISBN 81-7508-329-8
  11. ^ "Suresh Kalmadi – Work Profile". Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  12. ^ "Suresh Kalmadi – In Conversation". Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  13. ^ "Mumbai's Elphinstone now renamed 'Prabhadevi' station, CST gets tweaked too". Business Standard India. 8 May 2017. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "3 witnesses identify Kasab, court takes on record CCTV footage". The Economic Times. India. 17 June 2009. Archived from the original on 20 June 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2009. 
  15. ^ a b "Photographer recalls Mumbai attacks". The News International. 16 June 2009. Archived from the original on 17 June 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2009. 
  16. ^ "Microsoft Word - IND 945 AN.doc" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  17. ^ a b c W, Christopher (2002). Bombay Gothic. London: India Book House PVT Ltd. ISBN 81-7508-329-8. 
  18. ^ "Dormitories for women at CST, LTT get good response". Indian Express. 19 April 2013. 
  19. ^ Outlook Publishing (6 October 2008). Outlook. Outlook Publishing. pp. 69–. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  20. ^ "3,500 VFX shots in RA.One". Mahiram. n.d. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 

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