The Lake City could soon see a railway museum on the station premises that will have a replica of the first train that ran between Mumbai and Thane along with trivia about one of the largest public transport institutions in the world.
Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday gave an in-principle approval to the plans proposed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Sanjay Kelkar from Thane, following which details like the location and budgetary allocations will be worked on.
“Thane holds equal importance to Mumbai CST in the history of the Indian Railways.The station calls for attention whenever the mention of the first train in the country is being discussed. Despite having a strong tourism potential, there is no museum depicting the glory of this historic monument over the last few years,“ Kelkar told TOI.
Important aspects of the railway’s history and how it contributed to the development of this city will also be highlighted on the premises, Kelkar said. The BJP leader said the ancient relic discovered at the railway station recently will be rehabilitated soon.
TOI had highlighted in Sunday’s issue how a stone plaque bearing the year 1899 at the station has been dumped in a corner.