Decks cleared for Metro’s showpiece Airport-Dwarka link
The consortium of Reliance Energy and CAF has been chosen to build and operate the showpiece Metro line, reports Sidhartha Roy.delhi Updated: Jan 23, 2008 02:48 IST
The consortium of Reliance Energy and Spanish Company CAF has been chosen to build and operate the showpiece Metro line that will link Delhi Airport and Dwarka with New Delhi Railway Station.
DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal said the developer will undertake the work of putting the tracks in place, telecom, signalling and commissioning rolling stock (trains) while the DMRC will take care of the civil construction work like tunnel, stations and raising pillars for the overhead tracks.
The total length of this metro line has been increased from 19 kms to 22.7 kms to connect it with Dwarka, Sector 21. This means that residents of Dwarka and other neighbouring colonies of South West Delhi would have the option of reaching Connaught Place by using the high speed metro line also. The commuting time on the existing line passing through West Delhi is about 45 minutes.
“The intention of extending the line is to make the airport and railway station accessible from both sides,” Dayal said.
The line will be underground from New Delhi Railway Station till Buddha Jayanti Park and then will go elevated to airport where again it will go underground. The 3.7 km stretch from airport to Dwarka will again be an elevated stretch.
The Reliance-CAF consortium, that will operate the line for next thirty years, will share revenue with DMRC. They will pay DMRC, Rs 51 crore annually and pay 1-5 per cent of the gross revenue (subject to revision) during the entire lease period of lease, DMRC said.
Airport bound commuters can avail of check-in facilities at the New Delhi Railway Station or the Shivaji Stadium halt. The high-speed metro line will have just six stations i.e. at New Delhi Railway Station, Shivaji Stadium, Dhaula Kuan, NH-8, IGI airport and Dwarka. Each train will have six coaches and half a coach in each train will be kept for storing luggage.
As against the normal speed of 80 kms per hour for other metro lines in the city, the airport line trains will run at 135 kms per hour.
The airport line has gone through route change earlier before the alignment through Dhaula Kuan was decided on.