The Maze of Mumbai’s VT is the Anchor of India’s Rail System

India 2013

By Leon Kaye

February 24, 2013

Also published at GreenGoPost

Whatever you may think of Slum Dog Millionaire, the shots and scenes at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus were certainly impressive. Now over 125 years old, the former Victoria Terminus, still known locally as VT, is an impressive maze of infrastructure, noise and people. Anywhere from 3.3 to 4.5 million pass through VT, and this masterpiece of Indo-Gothic architecture anchors a suburban rail system that ferries 8 million people daily.

If you travel to Mumbai, a quick stop at VT / Chhatrapati Shivaji is a must. It is a microcosm of what India is all about: the smells, noise, people, bustle sum up a country and its largest city, on the move, and despite challenges, is moving forward.

VT is one of greatest Indo-Gothic architectural masterpieces in Mumbai

The VT exits to an exciting, overwhelming and congested Mumbai

The taxi queues at VT are endless

VT is one of the world's busiest yet loneliest cities

In the early afternoon VT is relatively quiet

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus stares above the masses

Leon Kaye explored children’s health issues in India in February 2013 with the International Reporting Project. Based in Fresno, California, he is a sustainability consultant and the editor of, where this story was originally published. Leon also contributes to Guardian Sustainable Business; his work has also appeared on Sustainable BrandsInhabitat and Earth911. You can follow Leon and ask him questions on Twitter or Instagram (greengopost).