Mumbai: Design model for Shivaji forts to be built in CST made ready

CR and JJ College of Architecture have prepared the design, showcasing the façade of the replicas of the seven forts that would come up in CST

The Central Railway (CR) has finally come up with a detailed architectural model for the seven forts – belonging to Maratha king Shivaji Maharaj – which would be built in the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST). mid-day had reported on CR’s plans to build a Rs 1,800 crore fortress, consisting of these forts, at CST on February 19.

The architectural model for the seven forts. They forts will be erected next to platform 18 of CST railway station from where long distance trains depart, next to P D’Mello road
The architectural model for the seven forts. The forts will be erected next to platform 18 of CST railway station from where long distance trains depart, next to P D’Mello road

The CR authorities have prepared the design, showcasing the façade that will showcase the replicas of these seven forts, namely Raigad, Panhala, Sinhgad, Shivneri, Rajgad, Bhulkot and Janjira. “The architectural model of these seven forts belonging to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is ready. It has been prepared by the JJ College of Architecture and kept inside the conference room,” said a senior CR official. However, the plan has not been changed a lot. These forts will still be erected next to platform 18 of CST railway station from where long distance trains depart, next to P D’Mello road.

Shivneri at the centre
The model describes the shape of these seven different forts, though the order of the forts has not been shown. Sources said that most likely the Shivneri fort will be built at the centre and will be taller than the rest of the forts. There will be an exhibition centre inside, with 7D shows showcasing different facets of Mumbai in an auditorium that can seat 3,000 people. It will also have a resting room for passengers.

These forts will have light and sound shows, showcasing the life of Shivaji Maharaj and would be created on a 100x600 yard area. “It is at a conceptual stage right now and a model has been prepared,” said chief PRO of CR, Narendra Patil.

Commercial purposes
Sources said that since these forts would be built at a UNESCO World Heritage site, there would be restrictions on its height. However, they are looking at a height of up to 30 metres for the forts. Some of the forts will be used for commercial purposes and space for hoardings will be provided on them. The other six forts would be ground plus three storeys high and some portion in the basement would be used as well.

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