Less than an hour ago, the Union Minister for Urban Development and Delhi’s Chief Minister inaugurated commercial services on Delhi Metro’s 5.17 km ITO – Kashmere Gate underground section of the 43.40 km Violet Line. The event was off to a quick start with a BEML train getting flagged off remotely right away from an auditorium at the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s headquarters on Barakhamba Road.
Popularly known as the ‘Heritage Line’, this is the last section of the Violet Line’s 9.37 km northern extension to be inaugurated under the 160 km Phase 3 project, and now only a 3.2 km elevated section is pending on its southern side which’ll connect Faridabad with Ballabgarh in Haryana.
The DMRC has not yet updated their website’s fare chart or operational network map to reflect the 3 new stations on this section. Although they published a highly detailed press release yesterday, no information has been divulged on their train operational plan such as the line’s frequency and whether they will terminate all trains at Kashmere Gate or not.
Overall, this is the 4th stretch of the Violet Line to be inaugurated in the 160 km Phase 3 project (see list) which has added 3 new stations to the network at Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid & Lal Qila as well as a new station box at Kashmere Gate to form a massive 3-line interchange, India’s first, between the Yellow, Red & Violet lines:
This new section was built by 2 contractors:
• CC-05: Mandi House – Jama Masjid – built by L&T-SUCG JV
• CC-07: Jama Masjid – Kashmere Gate – built by Metrostroy-Era JV
Video – 1st train getting flagged off:
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Images of the line:
DMRC tied up with INTACH to install artwork and panels to depict local monuments and sights:
DMRC’s official pre-launch video:
• Delhi’s Metro network has expanded to 218 kms with 163 stations, and now only 131 kms of the Phase 3 project is pending.
• The Violet Line, connecting Kashmere Gate with Escorts Mujesar in Faridabad, is now 43.40 km long and still remains the 3rd longest line after the 48.80 km Yellow and 56.40 km Blue lines.
• India’s first 3-line interchange has opened up at Kashmere Gate between the Yellow, Red and Violet Lines. More 3-line interchanges are planned at Azadpur, Lajpat Nagar & Inderlok (Phase 4), Botanical Garden (Noida) and at Esplanade (Kolkata) but are each easily 5 years away from opening.
• From Monday, DMRC expects to add 90,000 additional daily users to its network. For FY 2016-2017, the average daily ridership was 27.6 lakhs (2.76 million).
Let me know if I’ve missed anything and I’ll add it above.
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