Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on 28 May 2017 flagged off the first train of the Delhi Metro's Heritage Line. The train will now be open for public.
This 5.17-km-long corridor Heritage Line has four stations- Kashmere Gate, Dilli Gate, Jama Masjid and Lal Quila. The Heritage Line is essentially an extension of Delhi Metro Violet Line that runs between Faridabad and ITO presently.
With this, the residents of the densely-populated area of Old Delhi or Shahjahanabad will now have direct access to commercial centres such as Connaught Place, Janpath, offices in Central Secretariat and the satellite town of Faridabad.
Why the new line is named as Heritage Line?
The newly-launched Heritage line of the Delhi metro is like a blessing for people commuting daily to Old Delhi or the 'Walled City' of Shahjahanabad.
The line connects Kashmere Gate with Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Sunehri Masjids, Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib, the Fatehpuri mosque, the Akbarabadi Masjid and many other.
The area between Delhi Gate and Kashmere Gate is the Heritage Region that gives the line its name.
The 'Walled City' of Shahjahanabad with the Red Fort, a Heritage site, as its crowning glory, was founded by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the mid 17th century.
Shahjahanabad is also a spiritual landscape as it reflects every major faith of India. On one hand it has Jama Masjid, Fatehpuri Masjid, and Sunehri Masjid and on other it also has Shivalayas of the Katra Neel. It also homes St Stephens Church and Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib apart from Digambar Jain Lal Mandir.
How Heritage Line will be beneficial for trade?
Old Delhi is not only the tourism and cultural hub of the city but it also homes some big wholesale markets of Meena Bazaar and Daryaganj.
The Heritage Line connects Meena Bazaar in the old city which evokes a medieval charm and elegance. This line also connects to Asia's largest wholesale spice market Khari Baoli, a market that has been operating since the 17th century. It offers all kinds of spices, nuts, herbs and other food products.
With this line, vendors, who buy things from Old Delhi wholesale markets, will now be connected to the metro network through the Violet line. It will not only make the transport of goods easier, but also reduce the cost of transportation.
The Heritage line is expected to reduce the considerable load of Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazaar stations of Yellow Line. It would help in de-congesting not only Rajeev Chowk, but will also help in reducing the traffic in the old Delhi area.
It will make easier for people to reach Delhi Gate, Daryaganj, Jama Masjid, Matia Mahal, Red Fort and parts of Chandni Chowk that are closer to Red Fort.
This new line also makes Kashmere Gate as the first and the biggest station of Delhi metro to have three interchanges - yellow, red and violet.