Wednesday, October 25, 2006

VT to get a facelift


From the Economist "City Guide" newsletter, the latest Mumbai-Briefing:
Victoria Terminus, Mumbai's iconic Gothic railway station (officially “Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus”, but commonly called “VT”), will soon get much-needed new facilities as part of the Indian government's initiative to improve infrastructure in general. Central Railway, which runs the station, has announced plans for three new platforms, new cafeterias, a shopping centre and a budget hotel. The facilities will be built on a large tract of land behind the main station building, replacing those occupying the site. Land belonging to a government-run hospital next door, which the station secured in exchange for railway land elsewhere, will also be used. Central Railway's plans to fund the 5-billion-rupee ($110m) scheme by selling land in other parts of Mumbai should work given the city's soaring property prices.

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