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From next Sept, New Delhi to airport in 18 minutes

Metro stations at New Delhi and Shivaji Stadium will have check-in points with automatic baggage handling facility for those heading for the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

delhi Updated: Nov 05, 2009 23:52 IST
HT Correspondent

How about depositing your large suitcases at the New Delhi metro station and collecting them at New York?

The Airport Metro Express Line promises you just that.

Metro stations at New Delhi and Shivaji Stadium will have check-in points with automatic baggage handling facility for those heading for the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

The high-speed line becomes operational in September 2010.

The maximum fare between New Delhi and the airport will not exceed Rs 150. And the specially designed trains would cover the distance in 18 minutes.

“(This is) being built at a cost of Rs 4,500 crore,” said Mangu Singh, director (works), Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), on Thursday. “Almost 90 per cent of the civil work is over for the line.”

DMRC is carrying out the civil work for the project being done on a public-private partnership model. A joint venture between Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group and Caf will handle the operations on the line for 30 years after which the line will be handed over to DMRC.

“Initially, trains would run every 10 minutes with minimum 20 hours of service per day. In all probability, it would be turned into a 24-hour facility with one-track operations during lean hours,” said O.P. Singh, chief Project manager, DMRC.

The Shivaji Stadium station —being called as a mini-airport terminal owing to its size —would have state-of-the-art ambience with commercial area, a concourse and platforms 20 metre below the ground level.

A DMRC official said there would be around 40 check-in counters at this station.