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Kejriwal, Venkaiah Naidu flag off Delhi metro Heritage Line; route to open for public today

The Delhi metro Heritage Line which was flagged off on Sunday by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu connects key heritage monuments like Red Fort and Jama Masjid.

delhi Updated: May 28, 2017 18:32 IST
Abhinav Rajput
Abhinav Rajput
Hindustan Times

The Heritage Line, an extension of the existing Violet Line of the Metro, was inaugurated by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu. The line, will connect some of the famous monuments of Old Delhi and bring several other areas of the walled city within walkable distance of residents. (Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu flagged off the much awaited Heritage Line of Delhi metro through video conferencing at Metro Bhawan in Delhi on Sunday. Union minister of science and technology Harsh Vardhan was also present at the event.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister thanked Central government and Union minister Venkaiah Naidu. “I want to thank central Govt and M Venkaiah Naidu for helping whenever we reached out to them for things related to Delhi metro,” Kejriwal said.

Drawing attention to need for better public transport in Delhi, Union minister Venkaiah Naidu said, “ Focus would be on more cycling track, better public transport in Delhi. I want to see cycle track in entire Delhi.” He added that the culture of every member in family having a car is not good. “People should introspect,” he said.

The ITO- Kashmere Gate section of the Delhi Metro, also known as the Heritage Line, has three key stations at Delhi’s landmark historical monuments. These are Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid and Lal Qila. Commuters will be able to take this line from today.

The Heritage Line was given clearance by NMA (National Monuments Authority) on February 13, 2013.

Janpath, Mandi House and ITO stations on this line have already been opened for the public (4.2km section of the 9.37km-long-corridor is operational).

Old Delhi tour on wheels
The heritage corridor will connect the Old Delhi areas with the business hub of Delhi at Janpath. The stations have been been decorated with artworks depicting glory of a bygone era

Kashmere Gate Interchange
  • The new station will be an interchange point for Violet line also, apart from Red and Yellow lines.
  • The subway between gate number 5 and 6 will be used by the public to cross Lala Hardev Singh Marg.
  • One additional entry/exit, gate number 8, has been made at the station towards the proposed new ISBT
Lal Qila station
  • Lal Qila station is close to the famous 17th century Red Fort, which served as the residence of Mughal Emperors. It was built by Shah Jahan.
  • It will connect with Lajpat Rai Markets, kiosks of Subhash Marg, Angoori Bagh, Jain Temple
  • There are four entry / exits.
  • The facade of the station is similar to the facade of Lal Qila and has been done in red sandstone
Jama Masjid station
  • The Jama Masjid station is close to the famous 17th century mosque, Jama Masjid built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan
  • It will connect commuters with Kasturba hospital, Meena Bazaar Market, Parda Bagh, Mahavir Vatika.
  • Station will have four entry / exits.
  • Theme of the station is historical and its look has been accentuated with metal work and stone cladding
Delhi Gate station
  • Delhi Gate station is close to Delhi Gate, a 17th century monument built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.
  • It will connect Maulana Azad Medical College, Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, LNJP Hospital, Ambedkar stadium
  • There are five entry / exits.
  • The interior of the station has been done in granite and steel
Central Secretariat – Kashmere Gate
9.37 kms Route Length | 7 No. of stations
Completely underground corridor
Name of stations: Janpath, Mandi House, ITO, Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid, Lal Qila and Kashmere Gate.
Interchange Stations: Mandi House and Kashmere Gate
This corridor will be on Standard Gauge and will be an extension of the existing Line 6 (Central Secretariat to Badarpur).

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. As a result, Rajeev Chowk, which caters to over 5 lakh commuters every day, will also be decongested and the DMRC is expecting to reduce the footfall here to 3.5 lakh.

First Published: May 28, 2017 11:09 IST