Airport Metro back, but slower
The Airport Metro Express line here will resume operations at 5.30 a.m. tomorrow, nearly six months after it was shut down on grounds of safety, officials said today.delhi Updated: Jan 22, 2013 00:44 IST
The Airport Metro Express Line service will resume on Tuesday, albeit at a reduced speed, after remaining suspended for six months.
The service, which was suspended in July following damages to the civil structure, will now run at 50 kmph instead of the earlier 105 kmph. As a result, the journey that took just 18 minutes would now take over half an hour. About 20,000 passengers used the service daily prior to the service disruption.
Delhi Airport Metro Express Private Limited, a subsidiary of Reliance Infrastructure, on Monday announced that the service, connecting New Delhi with Dwarka via IGI Airport, would resume at 5.30am on Tuesday.
Admitting that such drastic drop in speed may not excite commuters, Jitendra Tyagi, director (works), DMRC, said: “The commissioner of metro rail safety has restricted the speed to 50 kmph.”
Trains will run daily from 5.30am to 11.30pm every 15 minutes.
“Why would one travel by the line and shell out Rs 100 when DTC buses charge a much lower fare?” asked VK Rathore, a commuter.
Commuters pay Rs 50 for DTC buses that run 24 hours a day every 10 minutes from New Delhi to the airport and take 45 minutes to cover the distance.