Mumbai: Tata, L&T And JK Infra Among 10 Major Players In Race For CSMT Station Redevelopment Project

Tata Projects, L&T and JK Infra are among nine real estate giants who have shown interest in the redevelopment of the UNESCO listed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminal (CSMT) station in Mumbai.

The Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) has invited bids for the redevelopment of iconic Mumbai station, which is also a world heritage site, after getting all necessary clearances from the heritage committee.

The Rs 1,800 crore redevelopment project would be carried out without altering the heritage property.

The pre-bid meeting was held on 17 November at Mumbai and attended by major real estate companies including  NCC Ltd., J.K. Infra Projects Ltd., ITD Cementation, Ahluwalia Contractors, Dineshchandra R. Agrawal Infracon Pvt. Ltd., Creative Group LLP and Assystem Stup.

Besides the real estate players, the meeting was attended by vendors as well as officials of RLDA and Central Railway.

Mumbai  station will be redeveloped using Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) model. Another round of pre-bid meeting for CSMT station is being planned on 9 December 2022.

The bidding process shall be a single stage two packet bidding process. The last date for submission of the bids will be 25 January 2023.

“The redevelopment of CSMT station is amongst the government’s flagship projects that will amplify the heritage element of the station and boost tourism prospects. One of the main objectives of this upgrade is to provide commuters with a world-class travel experience,” said RLDA Vice Chairman Ved Parkash Dudeja.

The scope of work includes undertaking civil works for the station buildings and associated infrastructure which primarily consists of Iconic façade, ultra-modern station buildings, refurbishment of heritage buildings, separate platform for suburban and long distance train, connection through skywalk from Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai (earlier known as Crawford Market), etc.

The redeveloped CSMT station will have a spacious roof plaza with all passenger amenities at one place along with spaces for retail, cafeterias, recreational facilities. Facilities like food court, waiting lounge, place for local products, etc. will be available.

To make the station navigable, proper illumination, wayfinding/signages, acoustics, lifts/escalators/travellators shall be provided. Master plan has been prepared for smooth movement of traffic, with adequate parking facilities.

There will be integration with other modes of transportation like metro, bus etc. Both sides of the city will be connected through the station, with the station building on both sides of rail tracks.

The station will be developed as a Green Building with solar energy, water conservation/recycling, solid waste management and improved tree cover.

Special care will be taken to provide divyangjan friendly facilities. The station will be developed on the concept of intelligent building. There will be segregation of arrival/departures, clutter free platforms, improved surfaces, fully covered platforms. The station will be safe with installation of CCTV and access control.

The RLDA is a statutory authority under the Ministry of Railways responsible for railway land development. As part of its development strategy it has four key mandates:

  • commercial leasing sites,
  • colony redevelopment,
  • station redevelopment,
  • and multi-functional complexes.

During the current financial year, RLDA has leased out 16 sites which are situated at Bangalore and Raichur (Karnataka), Liluah and Salt Golah (Howrah), Nizamabad (Telangana), Walltax Road and Egmore (Chennai), Bhopal (MP), Ludhiana (Punjab), Abu Road (Rajasthan), Bhusawal and Solapur (Maharashtra), Bareilly, Varanasi and Gorakhpur in UP for a cumulative lease premium of Rs 1,642 crore.

This includes railway assets worth about  Rs 226 crore to be developed in Bangalore, Bhopal, Egmore (Chennai), Bareilly and Ludhiana railway colonies.

RLDA has recently awarded the station redevelopment contracts for Somnath, Muzaffarpur, Lucknow, Jodhpur, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Surat, Chandigarh railway stations, amongst others to be redeveloped on EPC model.