Delhi Metro: ITO-Kashmere Gate ‘Heritage’ line to be launched on Sunday
The ‘Heritage Line’ gate of Delhi’s OIC-Kashmere gate will be open Sunday with the Commissioner of Railway Safety, clearing the way for its long-awaited commercial launch, the DMRC said today.
Vietnamese Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu and Delhi Minister Arvind Kejriwal jointly opened the line in 10 hours and will be open for public use at 12 pm, said DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal.
Commissioner Metro Rail Safety (CMR) has given the green light for the formal launch of the 5.17 km long runner after a two-day inspection earlier in the week.
With its launch, the subway will make a major incursion into Old Delhi or the “walled city” with three stations – Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid and Red Fort.
The new line, which is essentially an extension of the purple line through Faridabad and ITO, currently take a considerable charge for the Chandni Chowk and Chawri Yellow Line Bazaar stations.
Once the section is started, residents of the densely populated area, consisting of areas in and around the Mughal powerhouse “Shahjahanabad” will have direct access to business centers such as Connaught Place, Janpath the offices of the Secretariat and the satellite center of Faridabad.
“Shahjahanabad” with red fortress as crowned glory, was founded by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the mid-17th century.
The three stations of this line, underground, were designed according to the legacy of the area to give an overview of its past and its dynamic present.
The DMRC had approached the CEMR, the coordinating agency that deals with the safety problems of train and rail operations in the country, for the inspection of the line in March.
The DMRC has also submitted documents to the ISA (Safety Independent Assessor) for the safety certification of section signaling systems, where train tests began last August.
The RSMC says that any corridor suitable for commercial operations after taking into account various technical and civil aspects.
DMRC chief Mangu Singh said the line was well prepared for launch last December, but a job crisis triggered by the ban on construction and demolition activities and demonetization led to delays.