If you stay near Dhaula Kuan or Mahipalpur, you may not be able to take a ride on the airport Metro. Metro connectivity to the Indira Gandhi International airport is expected to be functional by the end of November or early December.
However, the Airport Express line will not make a stop at the elevated Dhaula Kuan and the underground Delhi Aerocity (NH8) Metro stations, as these are not yet ready to handle passengers, said a Delhi Airport Metro Private Ltd (DAMPL) spokesperson.
The DAMPL would kick-off the Metro service after it receives a safety clearance certificate from CMRS. But all the six stations on the line will not be operational at the time of inauguration.
The Airport Express line, that was scheduled to open before the Commonwealth Games, had missed the deadline, as it failed to achieve a safety clearance from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS). Almost one-and-a-half months down the line, the DAMPL has still not been able to complete work on the line.
“The New Delhi, Shivaji Stadium, IGI Airport and Dwarka Sec-21 stations will open along with the launch of the airport Metro line,” said the DAMPL spokesperson. “The Dhaula Kuan and Delhi Aerocity stations will open later, as the two stops may take some more time to be operational,” the spokesperson added.
“We don’t think this will affect passenger service much, as not much traffic is expected out of these two stations during the initial stage. There is no development in and around the Delhi Aerocity station area at present,” said the DAMPL spokesperson.