Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal jointly inaugurated the Heritage Line stretch of Delhi Metro on Sunday, reported news agency ANI. Dr Harshvardhan was also present on the occasion. The new metro line which has four stations: Kashmere Gate, Dilli Gate, Jama Masjid and Lal Quila inaugurated at 10 am and it will be open for public from 12 noon. The new line is expected to take considerable load off Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazar stations of Yellow Line.
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Earlier in the week, a safety inspection of the line was done by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), reported the Indian Express. A Delhi Metro Rail Corporation official was then quoted saying, “The line is likely to be thrown open this week, provided no major issues are red-flagged during the safety inspection.” The new line is actually a stretch of the already existing Violet Line, which currently operates between Faridabad and ITO, is expected to cut down commuter load at Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazar stations on the Yellow Line.
The 5.7 km stretch from Delhi Gate to Kashmere Gate is the actual heritage part that gives the line its name. In this stretch, the station walls will be covered with artworks conceptualised by Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). Delhi Metro and INTACH have also installed 48 3D Panels in Delhi Gate station, which showcases the transformation of the Old Delhi over the years, reported Indian Express.