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Jul 31, 2004 10:34 am When its Mumbai how can we miss our very VT ne CSTre: Discover Mumbai - The Series ( Ranten....next)

Rupali Nimkar

Mumbai's very own Victoria Terminus now Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus(CST), a place which is lifeline for millions of Mumbaikers.
In July this year it was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
It is still popularly knowns as VT, in 1888 the the station was completed and it took ten years to complete the construction. It was built to to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887.

Interesting facts about VT:
~The cost of contruction of the train terminus Rs 16.36 lakhs.
~the grand structure was built by Fredrick Williams Stevens, an architect with the Public Works Department designed the terminus.
~It covers an area of 1,500 feet on the main road.
~Its unique because very few heritage buildings are functional. It still fulfills the original purpose--as headquarter and a functional railway station.
~Everyday 1,080 'local'trains arrive and depart from the station and around 3 million commuters travel in these trains and touch the station.
~It has a staff of 120 cleaners who keep the building clean and 100-150 policmen and Railway Police for security.
~The building has 3 huge working clocks and a team which exclusively works on keep them ticking all the time.

Truly breath-taking is the grandeur and the history of this place.
Next time when you are at the VT station dont forget to look-up and appreciate its large domes, stained glass and the gargoyles.

For a good read check out:http://specials.rediff.com/news/2004/jul/28vt.htm

> Sir Lancelot wrote:
> Ranten,
>can you please take time to progress on this one? And also delegate the next writer
>Fu Lalit
>> Nehul Goradia wrote:
>> Sir Fu Lancelot,
>>I accept the honour of writing the inaugural piece on Discover Mumbai - The Series.
>>I thought to start with I should write on a service which is a very inherent part of Mumbai - The Railways.
>>The Railways have served as the lifeline of Bombay ever since the first train ran at 3:35pm on April 16th, 1853, when a train with 14 railway carriages and 400 guests left Bombay's Bori Bunder for Thane, with a 21-gun salute. It was hauled by three locomotives: Sindh, Sultan, and Sahib. The journey took an hour and fifteen minutes.
>>Ever since then life in Bombay (oopps.. Mumbai - forgive my fufa...) cannot be imagined without the Railways.
>>The first trains had extremely uncomfortable third class coaches. There were no seats, and the windows could be reached only by rather tall people. These coaches were called, quite appropriately, Bakra Gadi.
>>In 1855 the Bombay Baroda and Central Indian Railway Company (BB & CI) was incorporated and undertook to build a line from Surat to Bombay. Work commenced in the same year, and was completed in 1864. In 1863 a railway line to the Deccan over the Bhor Ghat was inaugurated by Sir Bartle Frere.
>>BB&CI started the first suburban line, between Virar and a station in Bombay Backbay, in the year 1867. In the beginning there was only one train each way every day, but the number of trains began to increase from the 1870's. In 1872 the line was extended to Arthur Bunder in Colaba.
>>The Harbour line of the GPI was started in February 1925. About the same time, electrification of the suburban railways began.
>>The above is just a bit of History after a brief research. I now request Fu Ranten to start fufaing by writing the next article on the series.
>>Pls send me your views on the above.
>>Fu Nehul

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