The first terminus in the Indian subcontinent, it became a commercial point, representing the economic wealth of India. It is also a great example of late nineteenth Century railway architecture, with remarkable advanced structure and technical solutions. The outer view, façade, and the usage of this place is original.
A perfect example of the amalgam of the two cultures, British and Indian, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj terminus is protected by its own Buffer zone. The station has four railway tracks and seven suburban tracks and eleven separate outstation tracks, which were added recently. This has also led to the restructuring and addition of new buildings at the terminus. However, the authenticity of the architecture of the terminus is still protected as is evident from the various Italian and Gothic three dimensional designs of flowers, plants and so on, on its various arcs and pillars.
The best thing about the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj terminal is its mind blowing rush, even today and its prevalent authenticity. The place is an epitome of the meeting of the Western and Eastern cultures, as well as the advanced technicalities and architecture of the time.