Violet Line (Delhi Metro)

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Violet Line
fleets of Violet line.
Type Rapid transit
System Delhi Metro
Status Operational
Termini Mandi house
Stations 18
Opening October 3, 2010[1]
Owner DMRC
Operator(s) Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
Character Underground and Elevated
Rolling stock Mitsubishi-ROTEM-BEML Standard gauge
Line length 23.41 kilometres (14.55 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 25 kV, 50 Hz AC through overhead catenary

The Violet Line is one of the six lines of the Delhi Metro, a rapid transit system in Delhi, India. The line connects Mandi House station of the Blue Line via Central Secretariat station of the Yellow Line with Badarpur. The line consists of 18 metro stations with a total length of 23.41 kilometres (14.55 mi).[2][3][4][5] The Central Secretariat—Sarita Vihar section of the line was opened on October 3, 2010 and was extended to Badarpur on January 14, 2011. The line was extended from Central Secretariat up to Mandi House on June 26, 2014.[6]


The Violet Line was originally supposed to open in March 2010.[7] On July 12, 2009, a portion of a bridge under construction collapsed when its cantilever pier collapsed on load of launching girder at Zamrudpur, near East of Kailash, on the Central Secretariat – Badarpur corridor. Six people were killed and 15 others injured.[8] The day after, on July 13, 2009, a crane that was removing the debris collapsed, and with a bowling pin effect collapsed two other nearby cranes, injuring six.[9]

DMRC have placed an order for additional rolling stock for the line. The Delhi Metro phase III project will have more than 1,800 coaches by the year 2015-16. Projecting the needs, additional 60 coaches will be required for the Faridabad Line and 32 more coaches will be required for the Green Line extension.

On 12th April 2015 the trial runs commenced on the nearly 14 kilometer extension of the Violet Line past Badarpur through Faridabad to Escorts Mujesar.[10] The commercial operations are expected to commence from June 2015.[11]


Violet Line


Delhi Metro Violet Line
 Red Line 
Kashmere Gate
 Yellow Line 
Red Fort
Jama Masjid
Delhi Gate
Mandi House  Blue Line 
Central Secretariat  Yellow Line 
Khan Market
Lodi Road
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
Ring Railway
Lajpat Nagar
Ring Road
Kailash Colony
Nehru Place
Kalkaji Mandir
Outer Ring Road
Govind Puri
Indian Railways
Jasola Apollo
Sarita Vihar
Mohan Estate
Mathura Road
NHPC Chowk
Mewla Maharajpur
Sector 27 A
Badkal Mor
Faridabad Old
Neelam Chowk Ajronda
Bata Chowk
Escorts Mujesar

The line starts as underground from Mandi House till Jangpura, passing under Khan Market and Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Then the elevated portion goes through Lajpat Nagar, Kailash Colony, Nehru Place, Okhla, Sarita Vihar, till the Badarpur Station. Length of each platform is 140 meters with a width of 6.5 meteres.[12] Beyond Mandi House and Badarpur towards Kashmere Gate & Escorts Mujesar respectively, Violet Line under phase 3 of Delhi Metro is under construction.


Violet Line
# Station Name Opening Connections Layout
English Hindi
1 Kashmere Gate कश्मीरी गेट      Red Line
     Yellow line
2 Red Fort लाल किला None Underground
3 Jama Masjid जामा मस्जिद None Underground
4 Delhi Gate दिल्ली गेट None Underground
5 ITO आई टी ओ None Underground
6 Mandi House मण्डी हाऊस June 26, 2014      Blue Line Underground
7 Janpath जनपथ June 26, 2014 None Underground
8 Central Secretariat केंद्रीय सचिवालय July 3, 2005      Yellow Line Underground
9 Khan Market खान मार्केट October 3, 2010[13] None Underground
10 Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium जवाहरलाल नेहरू स्टेडियम October 3, 2010[13] None Underground
11 Jangpura जंगपुरा October 3, 2010[13] None Underground
12 Lajpat Nagar लाजपत नगर October 3, 2010[13]      Brown Line (Under Construction) Elevated
13 Moolchand मूलचन्द October 3, 2010[13] None Elevated
14 Kailash Colony कैलाश कॉलोनी October 3, 2010[13] Elevated
15 Nehru Place नेहरू प्लेस October 3, 2010[13]      Magenta Line (Under Construction) Elevated
16 Kalkaji Mandir कालकाजी October 3, 2010[13] None Elevated
17 Govind Puri गोविन्दपुरी October 3, 2010[13] None Elevated
18 Okhla ओखला October 3, 2010[13] None Elevated
19 Jasola Apollo जसोला अपोलो October 3, 2010[13] None Elevated
20 Sarita Vihar सरिता विहार October 3, 2010[13] None Elevated
21 Mohan Estate मोहन एस्टेट January 14, 2011 None Elevated
22 Tughlakabad तुगलकाबाद January 14, 2011 None Elevated
23 Badarpur बदरपुर January 14, 2011 None Elevated
24 Sarai सराय None Elevated
25 NHPC Chowk एन एच पी सी चौक None Elevated
26 Mewla Maharajpur मेवला महाराजपुर None Elevated
27 Sector 28 सेक्टर 28 None Elevated
28 Badkhal Mor बङखल मोङ None Elevated
29 Faridabad Old पुराना फरीदाबाद None Elevated
30 Neelam Chowk Ajronda नीलम चौक अजरौन्दा None Elevated
31 Bata Chowk बाटा चौक None Elevated
32 Escorts Mujesar ऐस्काॅर्ट्स मुजेसर None Elevated

Rolling stock[edit]

This line will have standard gauge trains manufactured by a consortium of Mitsubishi-ROTEM-BEML. A total of 196 cars were ordered which are supposed to run in 4-car configuration (46 trains) and 6-car configuration (2 trains). These trains will be used in this line and Green line. One train was manufactured in Changwon in South Korea and rest of the trains are manufactured at BEML's facility in Bangalore. Trains are 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge as compared to 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) of broad gauge trains.[14]


Approved Extension: North Bound[edit]

Under phase III of the Delhi Metro, the Violet Line is being extended to Kashmere Gate passing beneath one of Asia's busiest road intersections, the ITO as well as various heritage sites such as Delhi gate, Jama masjid and the famous Red Fort before terminating at Kashmere Gate. The 9.36 km extension will start from Central Secretariat station and pass through Mandi House station which will provide an interchange point with the Blue Line. The extension is expected to reduce over-crowding at the busy Rajiv Chowk interchange and will also reduce the number of times commuters on the Violet Line need to transfer in order to get onto the Blue Line.[15][16]

After the opening of the first section up to Mandi House on June 26, 2014, future stations under cnstruction along this extension are (northbound):[17]

  1. ITO
  2. Delhi Gate
  3. Jama Masjid
  4. Red Fort
  5. Kashmere Gate (interchange to Red Line & Yellow Line(in-future))

Approved Extension: South Bound[edit]

An extension from the Badarpur-end of the line is anticipated by 2015 and will cater to the sub-city colonies of Faridabad. This will be the second line to cross the Delhi-Haryana border after the Yellow Line to Gurgaon. This extension will run fully elevated for 13.87 km and will have 9 stations as follows (southbound):[18]
1) Sarai
2) NHPC Chowk
3) Mewla Maharajpur
4) Sector 28
5) Badkal Mor
6) Faridabad Old
7) Neelam Chowk Ajronda
8) Bata Chowk
9) Escorts Mujesar

Project director of the Faridabad Metro line Manoj Vajpayee said "We are hopeful of the trial run taking place in March 2015 while the metro services will actually begin in May 2015".

Work on this project started on March 26, 2013. Post a few delays, trials have finally commenced on the entire 13.87 kilometer Faridabad extension of the Violet Line as of April 12, 2015. Commercial operations are hoped to begin in June, post mandatory clearance by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS).


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