One of Delhi Metro Heritage Line’s biggest boons for commuters is Kashmere Gate station’s link to more lines. It will cut travel time to and from many places, especially the NCR towns, by up to 25 minutes.
•The Violet Line will be directly linked to Kashmere Gate through the Heritage Line. Those travelling from Faridabad to Kashmere Gate will save around 15 minutes as they won’t have to change trains at Central Secretariat and Rajiv Chowk stations.
•Those travelling from Noida (City Centre station) and Ghaziabad (Vaishali station) can change trains at Mandi House to take the Heritage Line to Kashmere Gate. They can avoid the crowded Rajiv Chowk station and save around 25 minutes.
Kashmere Gate, one of the four stations of the Heritage Line, is already the intersection of Red and Yellow lines. After the completion of the plan, it will be the first Delhi Metro station with three interchanges.
It is one of the busiest interchange stations among the nine currently in the Delhi Metro network. It is being expanded to accommodate the new line.
“The new station had a major engineering challenge. In the initial alignment, the new station was infringing on the existing station. Since the existing station could not be disturbed, the new one had to be curved at the platform level,” said a DMRC spokesperson.
Due to this, he said, the line towards Faridabad is on an inclined plane and that towards Kashmere Gate is flat.
WILL IT FULFILL MULTI-MODAL DREAM?
When completed, the Kashmere Gate station will be a precursor to an integrated transport system, where two or more modes are connected.
The station is close to the Inter-State Bus Terminal, a local bus stand connecting almost all parts of Delhi and the Old Delhi Railway Station.
“(The modes) connect it (Kashmere Gate) with almost every part of the city and also with Faridabad in Haryana and Ghaziabad in UP in near future. The station is near the Old Delhi Railway station. Important markets such as Chandni Chowk, Chawri Bazar, Sadar Bazar and others bring more people and transport to the area,” said the spokesperson.
But the difficulty in switching to other modes undermines Kashmere Gate’s multi-modal capability.
Passenger Praveen Kumar (46) said there aren’t enough signboards to guide to the bus stand. “It took us over 15 minutes to reach the exit gate towards ISBT. Even after exiting the station, we walked for at least 500 metres with luggage and our small children,” he said.
Every day, frantic passengers rush from Kashmere Gate station and cross the crowded roads with heavy luggage. They struggle to switch modes, often opting for a rickshaw to take them to the railway station or the bus stand.
LINK TO THE PAST
The station borrows its name from one of the gates that Mughal Emperor Shahjahan built around his capital in the 17th century. The gate, close to the present-day station, was an important location in the 1857 Indian Revolt against the Britishers. Indian soldiers assembled here to strategise their attacks. And it was here that Britishers’ siege of Delhi began.
“The exhibits at this Metro station will capitalise on this historical value …as well as its location at the northern edge of the Walled City, to speak of the value of Shahjahanabad over and above being an imperial city,” the spokesperson said.
Two panels at the station will display the transitions that came after 1857. “Through a framework of architectural elements, it will salute the strong influence of the then existing styles,” the spokesperson said.
A city plan will show visitors the growth from the old city of Shahjahanabad to New Delhi. This will give a better idea of the growth pattern of the whole city, he said.
(With Soumya Pillai)