No Noida resident will have to leave his home at 6.30am to catch a 9am flight. On the lines of the London Tube, commuting to the domestic terminal of the IGI Airport will be easy through a new Metro link.
The domestic terminal (T1D) will be connected to the rest of the city in Delhi Metro's phase 3 expansion, scheduled to be completed by 2016.
"About 50km distance between Noida and airport that presently cost you R700 and an hour in a taxi, will be covered in just 35 minutes by the Metro at a cost of merely Rs 30-35," said a spokesperson of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).And this link is expected to benefit flyers from all over the city. According to DMRC, the airport would be only 15 minutes from RK Puram, 17 minutes from Greater Kailash, 20 minutes from Nehru Place, about half an hour from Punjabi Bagh and about 40 minutes from Vishwavidyala.
"The new line would benefit thousands of low-cost air flyers as the proposed line would pass through almost all major existing corridors," said Anuj Dayal, DMRC spokesperson.