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Central station gets a facelift after five years

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Fears of heritage lovers allayed as authorities tell them the building will retain its original maroon colour.

If you had passed by the Chennai Central railway station recently, you would have noticed that it was wearing a bit of white.

The ‘white’ lead to consternation among heritage watchers, who heaved a sigh of relief when they realised that the colour of this heritage building is not being changed.

It is just white primer paint that will prepare the building to painted its original maroon colour. The facelift, being carried out after five years, is undertaken by the Buildings division of the Southern Railway.

A 20-member team led by the Southern Railway’s divisional engineer (Buildings), Mr. Ramamurthy, will monitor the entire work.

The Chennai Circle of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) provides technical assistance to Southern Railway in the conservation of the building.

“The station building has had the maroon colour since its inception in 1873. There is no change of colour. As the earlier colour faded, we started to give a fresh coat of paint to make the building look bright,” said a senior railway official.

The painting work will cover around 9,000 sq.m of space of the main building of the railway station.

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