For those who have spent insane amounts of time at Daryaganj’s Sunday book market or in the food gullies of Chandni Chowk, the charm of Old Delhi or Shahjahanabad is all too familiar. The “Walled City” built by Shah Jahan in 1639, around which the metropolis of New Delhi grew, is now going to be served by Delhi Metro’s New Heritage Line.
It will jointly be inaugurated by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on the morning of May 27, and will be open to public by noon, reports Hindustan Times.
Here are few things to know about this new heritage line, which is sure to be a hit with the tourist crowd!
- The heritage line connects the Kashmere Gate and the Central Secretariat stations, and runs for a distance of 9.3 km underground. The line will connect the centre of the city to the history of Old Delhi.
- The line consists of seven stations: Janpath, Mandi House, ITO, Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid, Lal Quila (Red Fort) and Kashmere Gate. Among these, the first three stations have already been operational as part of the violet line, which forms 4.2 km of the 9.3 km route. Technically speaking, the heritage line would be an extension of the violet line.
- The 5.7 km stretch from Delhi Gate to Kashmere Gate is the actual heritage part that gives the line its name. The station walls of this stretch will be covered with artworks conceptualised by Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH).
- Delhi Metro and INTACH have installed 48 3D Panels in Delhi Gate station, which showcases the transformation of the Old Delhi over the years, reports Indian Express. The Kashmere Gate station’s art installations include a huge detailed map of Shahjahanabad, outlining the immediate developments after the 1857 revolt.
- Daryaganj, Jama Masjid, St. Stephen’s Church and Begum Samru’s Palace will all be accessible through the Metro, thanks to the heritage line!
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- Delhi Metro authorities hope that the new line will also reduce congestion in stations like Rajiv Chowk, known for its footfall of 5 lakh per day; They expect a rise in Kashmere Gate, since it will serve the new line in addition to the yellow and red Lines.
- With the addition of this line, Delhi Metro is surpassing the mass-transit networks of Seoul, Tokyo and Moscow!