Byculla railway station, which is 169 years old, received the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award of Merit for cultural heritage restoration and conservation. This railway station on the Central line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway.
- The restoration project began in July 2019, aiming to bring back the station’s original architectural glory.
- The project was initiated by Shaina NC Trustee, I Love Mumbai, in memory of her father Nana Chudasama, with support from Bajaj Trust Groups and Abha Narain Lambah Associates as their CSR initiative.
- Minal Bajaj and Niraj Bajaj of Bajaj Group and Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation funded the restoration project with over four crore rupees.
- Heritage Conservation Architect Abha Narain Lambah led the restoration project pro bono as part of their CSR initiative.
- The restoration work was completed on 29.4.2022 and was inaugurated by Raosaheb Dadarao Patil Danve, Minister of State for Railways, Government of India, along with other dignitaries.
- Various aspects of the station were restored and beautified, including the main entry/façade of platform number 1, exit passage of platform number 1, garden area facing the façade, walls, grills, FOBs, toilets, water huts, benches, LED lighting, and more.
- Byculla station now represents a blend of history and heritage while offering modern amenities.
Q.: Which railway station received the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award of Merit for Heritage Restoration and Modernization efforts?
a) Byculla railway station
b) Mumbai Central railway station
c) Howrah Junction railway station
d) Chennai Central railway station
Ans : a) Byculla railway station