Delhi Metro’s Heritage Line inaugurated

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.The section is part of the Phase-3 of Delhi metro and once it is compete, the ridership is expected to increase to 45 lakh from 28 lakh.With this, the Delhi metro will surpass the mass-transits in Moscow, Seoul and Tokyo metro network.Mandi House and ITO stations on this line have already been opened for the public (4.2km section of the 9.37km-long-corridor is operational). This corridor will connect the Old Delhi areas like Daryaganj, Delh Kashmere Gate will emerge as the biggest interchange station, as passengers travelling on Rithala-Dilshad Garden, Samaipur Badli-HUDA City Center and Faridabad line can change from here. As a result, Rajeev Chowk, which caters to over 5 lakh commuters every day.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.

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