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World Heritage status for Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

July 02, 2004 19:49 IST
Last Updated: July 03, 2004 09:41 IST


The historic piece of British architecture, the erstwhile Victoria Terminus, now called the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, has been formally inscribed as a world heritage site by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO.

Chhattrapati Shivaji Terminus, MumbaiIn its 28th ongoing meeting at Suzhou, China, the committee has formally accorded the status on CST as a World Heritage Site, Central Railway sources said in Mumbai on Friday.

This is the second such site in Mumbai (besides Elephanta Caves) and 25th in Asia being put under the World Heritage list. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway had also been accorded the World Heritage status in 1999.

A formal application for declaring the site as a world heritage site was processed in early 2003 after a preliminary visit assessing the scope in September 2002 by a team of UNESCO officials.

CST is the first administrative and functional building to be accorded such an honour.

Designed by F W Stevens, a consulting architect, it took 10 years to complete the building (1887-88) at the then princely sum of Rs 16.14 lakh. It was named after the Empress Victoria in 1887 and renamed as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in 1996.

The building exhibits an important interchange of influences from Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and from Indian traditional buildings.

The station stands as an example of 19th century railway architectural features as well as its advanced structural and technical solutions.


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Sub: It's ours....don't distry it

The mighty siva-sena renamed the british built VICTORIA TERMINUS as CST and they now accepted it as their own "heritage". In fact it must have ...


Posted by rajesh BHARATI





Sub: Great news!

It is a great honour for the building that has served millions. it is a architectural wonder that has stood the test of time. if ...


Posted by shankar





Sub: Think as an Indian

Dear hindu, if you want to destroy every heritage monument built by the britishers then you even ought to destroy all the developments which took ...


Posted by Indian





Sub: destroy it

Destroy the building. Every "historic monument" built by the British should be destroyed.


Posted by hindu




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