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Airport express line may fail to keep promise

delhi Updated: Nov 15, 2010 23:56 IST
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Your journey to the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) by Delhi Metro's Airport Express Line, which is likely to start by November-end, may not be as comfortable as promised.

The concessionaire company, Delhi Airport Metro Private Ltd (DAMPL), which had promised to provide value-added facilities like issuance of boarding passes and baggage check-in to airport-bound passengers, may fail to keep its promise.

Besides, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) is yet to give a go-ahead to the proposal on security grounds.

Airport-bound passengers, who will have to buy a Metro ticket for R150 (from New Delhi Station to the airport), may have to do without the luxury of check-in facilities at the Metro stations, said sources.

Source said not a single private airline has come forward with the proposal to provide these facilities despite repeated appeals by the DAMPL, so far. It seems the commuters will have to give the facilities a miss at least during the initial phase.

It is believed that private airlines were not too keen to set up their check-in counters at Metro stations, as it would be quite an expensive proposition, and not a profitable venture. Sources said the civil aviation ministry has also intervened into the matter, but to no avail.

A DAMPL spokesperson on Monday said: "We already have the necessary infrastructure and offered an attractive deal to the airlines. We are now waiting for a reply from the airlines." Baggage-handling facilities were promised at the New Delhi Railway Station, Shivaji Stadium and Dhala Kuan Metro stations.

But even if the private airlines turn up now, commuters will not be able to enjoy the check-in facilities at Metro stations, said BCAS officials.