Mumbai Railway StationOne of the pivotal intercity railway stations in the city of Mumbai and an important link in the Mumbai Suburban Railway Network is the Mumbai Central Railway Station – known as Bombay Central (hence the station code BCT) in the bygone yester years and designed by the ace British architect Claude Batley.
A brief backgroundThe inception of the plans that ultimately led to the creation of the Bombay Central was facilitated by the Colaba-Ballard Pier Railway Station’s inability to cater to the needs and demands of the burgeoning population of the city. Later led to the formation of an entirely new division in Western Railway, which is presently known as the Mumbai (Central) Railway Station. The formation of this new unit has paved the way for smoother and more efficient railway services in the Western region of the country.
Infrastructure and Operational MechanismsA very high degree of infrastructural finesse was incorporated in the creation of this railway station – as a result of that, its functionality has rarely been impeded by undesirable red herrings. The railway station is neatly subdivided into two sections – the Eastern half and the Western half. The Western half caters to the trains running on the Churchgate.
The mainline section of the station is flanked by a computerized Reservation Centre on the eastern side This reservation centre is dotted with a number of ticket booking windows, from which tickets for any train running between any two stations in India can be purchased, given the reservation facility exists for that train.