New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) plan to expand the rail network to bring some of the major destinations in Old Delhi on the map of metro has received a jolt as the Archaeological Survey of India has objected to the planned route.

Under phase III, the DMRC had submitted a proposal for connecting Badarpur-Central Secretariat Line to Kashmere Gate via Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Sunheri Masjid and Delhi Gate.

However, the ASI has raised objections to the route contending that several historical monuments lie in the vicinity of the proposed metro stations.

Although the Delhi government had given the in-principle clearance, the ASI has forced the metro officials to submit the Detailed Project Report (DPR) once again.

The 6.8 km Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate line was proposed to have six stations- Ferozeshah Chauraha, Mandi House, ITO, Delhi Gate, Dariya Ganj, Red Fort, Kashmere Gate.

The ASI has raised objections to stations in the vicinity of Delhi Gate and Red Fort. ASI has also suggested Metro officials about the location of parking, view of monuments, subways and where the ticket counters should be constructed.

Some of the major guidelines include as to how the corporation should go about the digging process. It suggested that digging should be at least 100 metres away from the monuments.

As per the original plan of Delhi Metro, the Red Fort station was to be constructed in such a way that commuters could use the station also as a subway to cross roads.

JPN/Bureau