[Pics] Delhi Metro’s Jama Masjid & Kashmere Gate Stations – Jan 2017

Here’s a post showcasing the status of 2 stations on the Delhi Metro’s upcoming 5.17 km ITO – Kashmere Gate extension of the Violet Line. This section of the line is unofficially referred to as the ‘Heritage Line’ as it runs through the Androon Shehr (walled city) of Shahjahanabad, and is flanked by its numerous historical monuments and places of worship.

The final TBM breakthrough for this section was achieved in March 2016 and the DMRC started trial runs in August 2016. After this stretch opens up this year, the Violet Line will become 40.35 km long.

Map of ITO – Kashmere Gate section of Delhi Metro’s Violet Line – view Delhi Metro Phase 3 map & information

The DMRC was originally targeting to open this section with 4 new stations in December 2015, but quietly revised the deadline to November 2016 due to difficult tunneling conditions. Since then, they’ve nonchalantly pushed deadlines every month. In December 2016, they suggested a January-end opening as some sort of a late “New Year Gift”, and then last week, suggested a February opening.  They’ve blamed everything from demonitization to a 7-day construction ban, but never quite admitted that one of their contractors, the Era – Mestrostroy JV, just finished excavating a NATM tunnel in November 2016 or that the same contractor has struggled with civil works at Kashmere Gate.

Both Jama Masjid & Kashmere Gate stations were built by different contractors and are in different stages of completion as you’ll see below. Enjoy!

Jama Masjid Station

This was built by Larsen & Toubro as part of package CC-05. Barring the 1st image, the rest were shot over the past 3 days.

25.11.2016 – platform level as viewed from the concourse level – Photo Copyright: DMRC

Arches, jharokas and marble inlays – Photo Copyright: Hindustan Times

The art installations at this station, installed in partnership with INTACH, focus on nearby places of worship. The panel seen above is dedicated entirely to the Jama Masjid and its various architectural elements like arches, minarets, jharokas & domes. A second panel (not pictured in this post) will showcase the Jain temple, the two Sunehri Masjids, Gurdwara Sheesh Ganj Sahib, Fatehpuri Masjid and Akbarabadi Masjid.

Jama Masjid Station’s platform level – Photo Copyright: Hindustan Times

Photo Copyright: Hindustan Times

Kashmere Gate Station

This station was built by the Era-Metrostroy JV as part of package CC-07.

The artwork at Kashmere Gate Station, which is yet to be installed, will primarily center around British colonial influences. Wall panels here will display nearby structures like the St. James’ Church, Mutiny Memorial and Nicholson Cemetery.

Ongoing work at the concourse level

Stairs leading to the platform level

Platform level

HVAC & electrical work

More electrical work

‘Toolbox Talk’ in progress with workers to address safety issues

At this time, it isn’t known if the DMRC has secured the RDSO’s speed certificate or not. Once that is done, all sub-systems are installed & tested within the NATM tunnels, and interior finishing works are completed, the DMRC will then have an Independent Safety Assessment performed. Following that, the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) will be invited to inspect and perform a final safety inspection of the line.

With the way things are going on the northern-end of the line and pending approvals, there’s still a couple months left for commercial operations to begin as I’ve highlighted in the January 2017 tunneling update post.

For more updates, check out the Delhi section of The Metro Rail Guy!


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15 Responses to "[Pics] Delhi Metro’s Jama Masjid & Kashmere Gate Stations – Jan 2017"

  1. Adi says:

    You tell me TMRG, when this line will finally open…taking all contingencies..i will not bother about it before that tym. Fed up with all these deadlines.

    • TMRG says:

      Can’t guess when the final opening will take place. I hear that testing is in its final leg and the DMRC could open it with the Kashmere Gate station partially completed. Give it a couple months – I’ll post an update when they invite the CMRS.

  2. Vartik says:

    Blue line has daily snags and lately they keep pushing deadlines. Is DMRC turning into BMRCL bro?

    • TMRG says:

      I hear ya. I’m similarly not happy with the flimsy excuses being dished out. Why can’t operators be frank about their work?

  3. Jaspreet says:


  4. Aby k says:

    Frankly it vil take 3 more months Q2-Q3 opening along kalkaji -botanical garden line. Even lal quila station is not ready yet couple of pending work remains

  5. Siddhant Kumar says:

    Building owner of partly demolished building after i.p extension metro station is nishant garg. This building was a restaurant named abhishek restaurant that was demolished a years ago.

  6. Siddhant Kumar says:

    Building owner of partly demolished building after i.p extension metro station is nishant garg.

  7. bipin says:

    Why DMRC `not issuing deadline for opening of line?

    • TMRG says:

      Good question. As an org, they’re image conscious and do not like to officially commit (on their website or any official doc) to something they know wouldn’t be met. When they’re confident of opening the line, they’ll make a suitable announcement.

  8. Shikhar says:

    What is RDSO? Plus do you have any knowledge about till which station are trial runs being currently conducted?

    • TMRG says:

      RDSO is Research Design and Standards Organisation.

      Trial runs are being conducted through the Kashmere Gate station. I do not believe the trains are going past it into the NATM tunnels yet. Those tunnels are required for the trains to switch track and reverse.

  9. SATYA says:

    I had summer training last year at KG Stn…. The problem lies in financial health of contractor ERA….Many experienced engineers manager and other employee had leaved in b/w the project and who were working had due salary from last 2-3 months.It will take at least another 2-3 month for completion of work at KG stn.


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