Touted as the fastest way to reach the airport, the Metro Airport Expressline is now pitching itself as a joyride for school children.
Reliance Infrastructure, the concessionaire (operator) for this Metro line, has begun conducting educational trips and excursions for children of some leading schools in Delhi.
It has already tied up with Sanskriti School, Chanakyapuri and is in talks with other schools, including DPS, Dwarka, Bal Bharti and Mount Carmel, among others. The program aims to spread the importance of using a safer, faster and more comfortable mode of travel, like the Airport Expressline among school kids and their parents.
According to a Reliance Infrastructure spokesperson, 1,000 students (classes six to 10) of Sanskriti School will take part in the week-long programme in the first phase.
“The first trip was on April 29, with 232 students and 10 teachers from the school travelling by the Expressline,” said a spokesperson.
Students boarded the train at Dwarka Sector 21 and got down at T3 station. After taking a short trip, they travelled to New Delhi station, where they got acquainted with various passenger services. They then proceeded to Shivaji Station.
During the journey, students also saw how baggage check-in facilities functioned at New Delhi, Shivaji and T3 Airport stations, said officials. A Reliance Infrastructure spokesperson said: “We want to showcase Airport Expressline’s technological prowess and create awareness among students about the benefits of modern urban public transport. Students will also learn how public utilities like the Airport Metro help check pollution, reduce energy consumption and provide a safe journey.”