Delhi Metro made a major foray into the Walled City of the national capital, as the ITO-Kashmere Gate ‘Heritage Line’ was recently opened to the public.
The new line, which has three stations that include Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid and Red Fort, is essentially an extension of the Violet Line running between Faridabad and ITO. The line is expected to take considerable load off the Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazar stations of the Yellow Line.
Union Minister of Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal flagged off the new line through video conferencing at Metro Bhawan.
Complimenting Delhi Metro for the opening of the line, Naidu said that old Delhi is the tourism and cultural hub of the city where many monuments of great historical importance are located. This line will bring many more people to these monuments as now the visitors will not have to worry about traffic jams and parking hassles.
“We all remember how the first metro connection to this part of the city had revived the market areas of Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazar a decade ago. This connect will further help in boosting the economy in this part of Delhi,” Naidu said.
The three stations of this line, all underground, have been designed in agreement with the heritage of the area to provide glimpses of its rich past and vibrant present.