Heritage Line now open to public

Faith Castro
May 29, 2017

(Express Photo) Stopping over at ITO, Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid, Lal Qila and Kashmere Gate, a key attraction of the stations are the exclusive 3D art installations in each of the stops, that spin together the rich tales of Delhi's past.

Old Delhi was founded as Shahjahanabad in 1648 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan with the Red Fort as its crowning glory.

Delhi Metro Railway Corporation chief Mangu Singh added the line was well on course for launch in December previous year, but labour crunch triggered by a ban on construction and demolition activities as well as demonetisation announcement led to the delay.

Vendors who buy things from its wholesale markets would now be connected to the metro network through the Violet line. A key facility made available by the Heritage line is payment made by e-wallets.

With the opening of this line, the total metro network currently operational in Delhi and NCR is now 217 kilometres with 162 stations. "Also, those coming from the satellite town of Faridabad will have direct access to workplaces and commercial centres falling on the Yellow Line, including Connaught Place, Janpath, and the Central Secretariat", Dayal said.

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Shahjahanabad is also a spiritual landscape and it reflects every major faith of India.

Riddhi Bajpayee (20), student of Delhi University and a resident of Gali number-5 near Jama Masjid, was also excited by how easy her daily commute will be from college. It is also homes St Stephens Church and Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib apart from Digambar Jain Lal Mandir. Speaking on the occasion, Venkaiah Naidu said the new metro heritage corridor from ITO to Kashmere Gate will connect many monuments. "It is a day of happiness for the people of Delhi", Kejriwal said. With its launch, the Metro makes inroads into old Delhi or the "Walled City" with four stations-Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid, Red Fort and Delhi Gate.

This line also connects to Asia's largest wholesale spice market, Khari Baoli. Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will jointly inaugurate the line at 10 am on May 28 and it will be open for public use from 12 pm onwards. "From the point of view of environment protection, time management and economy, Delhi Metro has emerged as a very suitable mode of travel", he said.

Besides Kashmere Gate, there will be five interchange stations on this Line - Mandi House, Central Secretariat, Kalkaji, and Lajpat Nagar.

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