The Delhi Metro commuters might get to ride the ITO-Kashmere Gate section, also known as the heritage line, by April end.
Janpath, Mandi House and ITO stations of Central Secretariat- Kashmere Gate corridor, which is part of DMRC’s Phase-3, have already been opened for the public (4.2 km section of a total 9.37 km long corridor is operational).
The new heritage corridor will connect Old Delhi areas like Daryaganj, Delhi Gate and Red Fort with the business hub of Janpath.
The legacy of Shahjahanabad will be showcased in four Metro stations in the Shahjahanabad area, using an independent theme for each of the four stations identified for this phase. The narrative is structured thematically in a manner that each station will offer the viewer a different glimpse of a defining attribute of the Walled City.
“The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has submitted papers pertaining to the 5.17 km long section from ITO to Kashmere Gate, for scrutiny to the Commissioner for Metro Railway Safety (CMRS). DMRC has also submitted papers to ISA (Independent Safety Assessor) for safety certification of signalling systems. The documents will be scrutinised by CMRS office. Thereafter, they will inspect the line. It will be opened for public after safety certification of signalling system by ISA,” said a DMRC spokesperson.
The Heritage Line was given clearance by National Monuments Authority on February 13, 2013.
With the opening of this section, Kashmere Gate will emerge as the biggest interchange station, as passengers travelling on Rithala-Dilshad Garden, Samaipur Badli-HUDA City center and Faridabad line can change from here instead of going to Rajeev Chowk. Rajeev Chowk, which caters to over 5 lakh commuters every day, will be decongested and DMRC is expecting to reduce it to 3.5 lakh.
According to DMRC, the crisscrossing of Phase-3 lines with the existing lines at many places will lead to emergence of several interchange stations, thus, shortening the distance between two different parts of the city by upto 15 km at some locations.
“Delhi Metro has designed the Phase 3 corridors in such a way that after the completion of all the proposed corridors, there will be alternate metro lines connecting the same destinations. This will help a great deal in decongesting the corridors as the commuters will have multiple routes to opt for reaching the same destinations,” said a DMRC official.
The Violet Line of the Delhi Metro is going to start a bit late on Sunday owing to some technical upgrade. First train service from ITO to Badarpur will start at 6:10 am instead of 5:45 am. Similarly, first train service from Central Secretariat to ITO will depart at 6:01 am instead of 5:31 AM, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said in a statement.
Additionally, feeder bus will also ply between Central Secretariat and ITO Metro stations at an interval of 15 minutes via Janpath and Mandi House during this period.
“This minor change in timings is necessitated to facilitate the integration of the signaling system from existing operational section with the upcoming ITO to Kashmere Gate section of the Line during these hours,” metro officials said.