Missing the deadline seems to have become the fate of the Airport Express Line. The service that had already missed several deadlines including that of Commonwealth Games, is again likely to miss another deadline.
Sources in the ministry of home affairs indicated that the line cannot be thrown open for public before March. However, last Saturday, Lalit Jalan, CEO and director of Reliance Infrastructure Ltd, had promised that the line will be thrown open latest by February 20 and not after that, come what may.
"We are going to open the line latest by February 15-20 in any case," Jalan had said. However, when contacted on Thursday, CISF spokesperson, Rohit Katiyar told HT: "The deployment of CISF personnel at airport metro will be done in two-three weeks time. This much time is required for creating of infrastructural facilities and administrative support system required for force personnel."
"We will need two to three days time after CISF completes deployment. We are waiting for CISF to confirm their deployment date and we have also requested them to advise us a suitable date to start the passenger service," said a DAMEPL spokesperson. Delhi Airport Metro Express Pvt Ltd (DAMEPL) is the subsidiary of Reliance Infrastructure, the concessionaire company.
Sources said that CISF would deploy around 250 men to the core security areas in the 23 km network. These include access control, frisking, baggage checking — manually and through x-ray scanners, quick reaction teams, armed support and bomb detection and disposal squad.
CISF will take security personnel from three sources-men deployed in Delhi Metro network, Delhi airport and also a section from reserved battalion-to provide security in the 23 km Airport Express Line.
Meanwhile, DAMEPL failing to get core security task for its men, has planned to put them in different other areas including areas of soft security. Some of them will be assigned duties like station management, while some would be deployed at depots, parking areas and for commuters' assistance.
DAMEPL had earlier hired 60 veterans from several government security agencies including SPG, NSG, CRPF, BSF among others anticipating that the whole security arrangements would be made by them.