The Delhi Metro will connect the existing Dhaula Kuan station on the airport express line with the upcoming one with walkalators for the convienence of passengers.
The Mukundpur (Majlis Park)–Shiv Vihar line 7 of Delhi metro, the longest of its network, is under construction and will have a station at Dhaula Kuan.
Since there was not much space near the existing station, the upcoming station is almost at a distance of one km.
“The upcoming station is 800 metres away so it cannot be called an interchange station. But considering people would want to take airport line, both stations will be connected with walkaltors or travelators so that passengers carrying heavy luggage won’t have to walk,” said a senior official of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
Walkalators were introduced at Terminal 3 of the Delhi airport as passengers had to walk a lot.
DMRC has proposed a similar facility in form of a skywalk to connect the New Delhi Railway Station to the metro station of airport line.
Currently passengers have to come out of the railway station and walk all the way to metro station. The skywalk will reduce the time and hassle.
The FOB or skywalk will have up and down escalators but according to sources, there is no plan to install walkalators though the distance is around one km. But it will help the passengers to interchange without hassle. The move will help to increase the ridership of the airport express line.
The DMRC has been taking number of steps to increase the ridership of airport line and had previously adjusted the departure timings of metro train as per the arrival of Shatabdi Express trains. Through these measures, DMRC has finally managed to double the ridership.
In July 2013, when DMRC took over, about 10,000 passengers used to travel on this 22.7 km corridor from New Delhi to Dwarka sector 21 but the ridership crossed 30,000 earlier this year.
According to DMRC, reduction in fares by up to 40 percent and introduction of Interoperable Metro Smart Card has played a crucial role in increasing the ridership.