Mumbai’s 166-year-old Byculla railway station to undergo restoration

[] Byculla railway station, one of the oldest and busiest suburban stations on the Central Railway line in Mumbai, is all set to get a makeover

An NGO has secured permission from the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) and the railway authorities, to carry out the restoration work of the 166-year-old Byculla station in Mumbai, a railway official said, on February 14, 2019. “Recently, ‘I Love Mumbai’, an NGO, signed an MOU with the Mumbai division of the Central Railway, for the heritage restoration and beautification work of Byculla station,” Sunil Udasi, chief spokesperson of the CR, said. “The work will be carried out in consultation with renowned heritage conservationists. It will commence shortly and Mumbaikars will soon be able to see the crowning glory of Byculla afresh,” he added.

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The NGO led by BJP leader Shaina NC, would embark on the restoration work, in association with conservation architect Abha Lambah. As part of the move, dumping yards near Byculla station would be converted into gardens. “This historic railway station is in a dire need of restoration, in a holistic manner. It has one of the most imposing façades in south Mumbai and is among the landmark stations in the area. Restoration work is needed for the main building and the front façade,” Shaina NC said.

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Byculla was one of the original stations when the Bombay-Thane railway was inaugurated in April 1853. The construction of the present building of the station started in 1887 and was completed in 1891. “Different works, such as removal of insensitive ad hoc additions on the façade, its makeover, removal of paint from the stone facade, cleaning of stained masonry, restoration of damaged doors and windows, removal and upgradation of haphazard criss-crossing telephone and electrical wiring, are planned to be undertaken,” she said.

The CR termed this initiative as part of the railways’ beautification and safety ‘mission’. “Indian Railways is in a mission mode, be it safety, security, cleanliness, station beautification, etc. Many NGOs, schools and colleges have come forward in support of this,” Udasi said.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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