Delhi Metro’s Heritage line set to open for commuters this week
Metro safety officials will inspect the 5.17km-long section from ITO to Kashmere Gate on Monday and Tuesday. The line will be opened once the safety certification is issued.Updated: May 22, 2017 18:03 IST
This week, the Delhi metro is likely to open the ITO-Kashmere Gate section, also known as the Heritage line, for commuters. Janpath, Mandi House and ITO stations of the Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate corridor are already operational. Safety inspection for the remaining corridor is due on Monday and Tuesday following which it is expected to be issued safety certification, and the line will be opened for commuters.
The new heritage corridor will connect old Delhi areas like Daryaganj, Delhi Gate and Red Fort with the business hub of Delhi at Janpath.
The legacy of Shahjahanabad will be showcased at the four metro stations in the area, using an independent theme for each of the four stations identified for this phase. The corridor has been structured thematically so that each station will offer a different glimpse of the Walled City.
“In March, the DMRC submitted papers pertaining to the 5.17-km long section from ITO to Kashmere Gate to the Commissioner for Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) for scrutiny. DMRC has also submitted papers to ISA (Independent Safety Assessor) for safety certification of signalling systems. The documents have been scrutinised by CMRS office and an inspection has been planned. The line will be opened for public after safety certification of signalling system by ISA,” said a DMRC official.
The Heritage Line was given clearance by NMA (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. Rajiv Chowk, which caters to over 5 lakh commuters every day, will be decongested and DMRC is expecting it to reduce to 3.5 lakh.
In August, the Delhi metro started the trial run on this section. The line will decongest the Central Secretariat and Rajiv Chowk and passengers will save time up to 30 minutes.