Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu have flagged off the Heritage line of the Delhi Metro. The 9.3 km long underground line runs between Central Secretariat and Kashmere Gate metro stations. The line will move through the soul of Old Delhi. The heritage line of the Delhi Metro is technically an extension of the Purple Line of the Delhi Metro. The expanisonist surge of the Delhi Metro is surpassing the mass urban transit networks of Moscow, Russia and Seoul, South Korea, according to the Indian Express. Here are five things you need to know about the Heritage Line:
1) The new addition to the Delhi Metro will go past the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Begum Samru’s Palace, St Stephen’s Church. The Heritage line is a part of Delhi Metro’s 9.3 km Purple line, as per an Indian Express Report.
2) The line consists of seven stations Kashmere Gate, Lal Quila (Red Fort), Jama Masjid, Delhi Gate, ITO, Mandi House and Janpath. Of these stations, three namely Janpath, Mandi House and ITO are already operational as part of the Purple Line, according to the Indian Express.
3) The walls of the stations on the Heritage line will be lined with artwork and photographs conceptualised by Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). Delhi Metro has installed 48 3D panels at the Delhi Gate station. These panels showcase the transformation of the National Capital over the years, according to the Indian Express.
4) An art installation at the Kashmere Gate station showcase a detailed map of Shahjahanabad or the old wall city. The installation shows the immediate developments after the rebellion of 1857.
5) Metro authorities hope that the new line will decongest the Rajiv Chowk Metro station which has a footfall of 5 lakh people per day.