The Maharashtra transport department recently granted authorisation for the construction of a new pedestrian subway to connect the future Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) Metro station with the current CSMT railway station.
The 365-meter-long subway will travel through the Times of India building and St. Xavier’s College before coming to an end not far from the Himalayan foot overbridge. It will be a pedestrian subway with access controls that will allow for easy integration between the two stations.
Over 16 lakh people visit the CSMT train station every day. While more than 1.63 lakh commuters are anticipated at the underground Metro Line 3 CSMT station by 2025 and more than 2 lahks by 2031.
The Metro Line 3 Phase 2 project, which includes the CSMT Metro station, is expected to be completed by the middle of 2024. The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC), the organisation in charge of carrying out Metro Line 3, stated that the section between BKC and Aarey (under Metro Line 3 Phase 1) is anticipated to be finished by December of this year.
Asked about the new subway plan, the MMRC replied, “Government of Maharashtra has approved an underground access-controlled pedestrian subway. This connection will be constructed by MMRC, which will have modern features of lifts, escalators, travelators, refreshments, toilets, etc. It will work out its engineering and technical feasibility plan. The cost of the work shall be shared by the GoM and Railway.”