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Feb 12 (02:48) WR kicks off month-long celebrations with tour of Bandra Terminus (www.thehindu.com)
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A peek into the past: Models of coaches made of paper and metal on display at Bandra station on Monday. Vijay Bate  | Photo Credit: Vijay Bate
The Western Railway (WR) on Monday began its month-long celebration of the heritage of the Indian Railways by organising a walk at Bandra Terminus.
The walk saw the participation of passengers and coach maintenance workers at the station. WR officials informed the participants about the unique features of the station’s Victorian architecture, its heritage status, UNESCO certification and future plans. The officials said the
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station was a mixture of Victorian and vernacular styles of architecture, boasting cascades covered with Mangalore tiles and honeycomb exterior walls. The station was commissioned on November 28, 1864 and built in 1888.
Conservation architect Vikas Dilawari said, “It is the queen of the suburbs. Bandra at that time had cottages with tiled roofs and hence this is a landmark. It has a high double height ceiling with dormers and a central watch tower with iron finals. The station has a central porch and a west-facing lean-to-roof verandah as a protection against the rain.” Mr. Dilawari added, “It is unique for its half timber construction, honeycomb masonry, diagonal tongue and groove boardings. The concourse is interesting as it has roofs with steel trusses and the station’s date inscribed on it.”
Satendra Kumar Yadav, a daily local commuter, said, “The heritage walk was an incredible reminder of the rich history prevailing in harmony with the modernised city. Often we forget the legacy of our city in the daily hustle and bustle.” The Bandra Terminus was notified as a Grade 1 heritage structure in 1995 under the State government’s heritage regulations. Mumbai is home to three railway world heritage sites: the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, the Western Railway’s headquarters at Churchgate and the Bandra Terminus.
Ravinder Bhakar, WR’s Chief Public Relations Officer, said, “We have planned a series of activities to promote the heritage of the WR this month.” He said an exhibition will be held from February 12 to 14 at the station for rail enthusiasts. He said the exhibition will showcase miniature working models of the heritage trains designed by special artists and have fun activities like drawing and quiz competitions.
The Union Ministry of Railways and UNESCO had entered into an agreement on June 26, 2015, to upgrade Bandra Terminus into a tourist destination. After the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, the Bandra station would be the second heritage building that will be upgraded with the help of UNESCO. The tenders of the pact are being finalised.
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