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Long-awaited “Heritage Line” of Delhi Metro inches closer to being pressed into Service

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) submitted papers for the line connecting ITO and Kashmere Gate (5.17 km)

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New Delhi, March 17, 2017: The long-awaited “Heritage Line” of Delhi Metro inched closer to being pressed into service, as the DMRC submitted papers to the safety department on Friday for approval — the last step before the metro becomes available to commuters.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) submitted papers for the line connecting ITO and Kashmere Gate (5.17 km) to the Commissioner for Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) and also to the Independent Safety Assessor (ISA) for certification, after which the line will be opened to the general public.

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“The documents will be scrutinised by CMRS office and thereafter a CMRS inspection will be planned. The line will be opened for public after safety certification of signalling system by the ISA,” a statement issued by the transporter read.

A part of the Violet Line (ITO-Escorts Mujesar), the stretch was originally scheduled to be completed by December 2015 but missed several deadlines before its first trial-runs could be conducted in August last year.

“This was a challenging line from the very beginning. We had to execise extra caution during the construction because of the stretch being dotted with structures of historical value all along it. It also took us longer than usual time in getting clearance and securing landspace this time,” a DMRC official told IANS.

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Given the recurring delays, he could not bring himself to commit to any time-frame and say when the metro would become commuter-ready.

“I cannot commit any time. Earlier, there have been instances when we were given permission in a day. Not sure about now, it may take month or even more,” he said. (IANS)

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History Of Metro Rail In India

Starting with underground railway system in Kolkata the metro rail has come a long way

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By Ruchika Verma 

  • Metro Rails are one of the easiest and most comfortable ways of commuting
  • Starting with underground railway system in Kolkata the metro rail has come a long way
  • Delhi Metro was the first modern metro rail in India

Railways are definitely one of the largest and most convenient forms of transportation. And metro rail is more than convenient, it is the lifeline of most of the metropolitan cities in India.

Metro is one of the easiest way of commuting. Pixabay
Metro is one of the easiest ways of commuting. Pixabay

Metro has made everyday commute very easy for people. It is time-saving, cost-effective and most of all, convenient and comfortable. However, what really is the history of metro rail in India? When did it start and where was the first metro in India started?

Wherever Metro is available, people are using it to its fullest. It is natural to be curious about its history too, here is a brief history of metro in India.

The First Metro in India

Delhi may be the first city where modern metro rail system was introduced, but it is not the first city which saw the first metro system in India.

The first metro rail in India was introduced in kolkata. www.railnews.co.in
The first metro rail in India was introduced in Kolkata. www.railnews.co.in

The first metro system was introduced in Kolkata and it completely an underground one. The idea of an underground railway system was conceived by the then Chief Miniter of West Bengal, Bidhan Chandra Roy in the 1950s. The first Kolkata Metro was run on run on 24 October 1984 between Dam Dam to Tollygunge. And since then many plans have laid out and carried out successfully to expand the metro rail system in Kolkata.

Also Read: 10 llittle-knownfacts about Delhi Metro which makes it distinct

How The Other Cities Followed

The history of metro in India may have started in Kolkata. But the modern metro rail history in India definitely starts with Delhi. When one is talking about the history of Metro, one of the most prominent names which come to our mind is, Elattuvalapil Sreedharan, also popularly known as the ‘Metro Man’. He was the mastermind behind the Delhi Metro. The popularity of metro rail system in India is all a fruit of his hard work, efforts and dedication.

Delhi Metro is undoubtedly the lifeline of Delhi and is also a benchmark in the history of metro in India. Wikimedia Commons
Delhi Metro is undoubtedly the lifeline of Delhi and is also a benchmark in the history of Metro in India. Wikimedia Commons

The first metro in Delhi was run in 2002, which was the Red Line. After it, the Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon started in November 2013. It was India’s first privately owned & operated metro.

Metro rail in India uses both standard gauges and broad gauges.  Delhi Metro used broad gauge for their earliest lines, but the new metros in other states like Mumbai Metro and Bangalore Metro as well are using the standard gauge.

The metro systems are now also developed in Jaipur, Hyderabad and Chennai. Soon, the metro will also be functional in Lucknow.

Also Read: ‘Delhi Metro Cruelly Killed my ‘Achhe Din” : Here is why Passengers are dumping the popular mode of travel

Metro was introduced in Mumbai in the year 2014.
Metro was introduced in Mumbai in the year 2014.

Metro has come a long way and has even a longer way to go. The developments are going at a fast pace and without a doubt, new and better technologies are in store for all of us in India.