The Delhi Metro’s Delhi Gate station is getting ready to welcome bookworms, sport and heritage enthusiasts and adventure lovers.
When the metro’s heritage line from ITO to Kashmere Gate -- part of phase-3 -- opens in November this year, it will provide the ideal opportunity to explore the Walled City.
The Delhi Gate station in particular will take people closer to Ambedkar and Feroz Shah Kotla stadiums, popular book stores in Daryaganj and Lok Nayak and GB Pant Hospitals.
Trial run on this line is expected to begin anytime this week.
The first station of this line is Delhi Gate. The station will have five entry /exits that will open to Daryaganj, LNJP Hospital, Ambedkar and Ferozeshah Kotla stadiums and Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg.
Four subways will allow passengers to cross the road without entering the paid area of the metro station.
“The Delhi Gate station is the next station after ITO in the 9.37-km Central Secretariat–Kashmere Gate Metro corridor. The Central Secretariat-ITO section is already open. This station is near Delhi Gate, a 17th-century monument built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan,” said a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) spokesperson.
The area around the metro station is surrounded by Maulana Azad Medical College and Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. Other buildings include LNJP Hospital, Ambedkar stadium and Asaf Ali Park.
The station is situated right below the extremely busy Netaji Subhash Marg that connects New Delhi and Old Delhi.
“The interior of the station is being done in granite and steel and stainless steel canopies at the entry/exit will give it an aesthetic look. The station has panels depicting the history of Delhi Gate and Shahjahanabad,” the spokesperson added.
The DMRC, in collaboration INTACH, has installed 48 3D panels depicting the transformation of Old Delhi over the years.
“The flooring of the station is inspired by Mughal architecture. The paintings have been taken from various agencies. For the first time, we have used texture paint. To cater to patients going to hospital, the lift on the hospital side is broader than the usual lifts of Delhi metro,” said a Delhi metro official.
The panels have been designed to capture the essence of the bustling city in all its forms -- its street character, food, arts, crafts and indigenous trades, and the distinctive built morphology of the Walled City, including its planning, its landmarks, and the transformations that these have been subjected to over the years.
The first panel will showcase the key ingredients of the experiential fabric of Shahjahanabad -- elements and attributes of the streets. It will give visitors a tour of the famous streets of Old Delhi such as Chawri Bazaar, Phool Mandi, Parathe Wali Gali.
The morphology of Shahjahanabad will find place in the second panel, which will start with an extruded Nolli plan of the city of Shahjahanabad highlighting the morphology of the city and decoding its planning. This panel will include all the existing and lost landmarks of Old Delhi that are still famous because of the history associated with them.
The panel will also capture the transformation of some important old buildings through time and usage, such as Bhagirath Palace (Begum Samru Palace) and the Chunamal’s Haveli. Some very interesting buildings like the clock tower (which do not exist anymore) will add an element of surprise to the narrative.