The much talked about extension of the airport Metro line up to Gurgaon may miss the 2016 deadline.
The Haryana government is yet to give an official go-ahead to the R1,613-crore project, the civil construction of which is supposed to start in March 2012.
And now the state government, which has given an in-principle nod to the proposed project which has five stations, is considering increasing the number of stations.
"We have asked Delhi Metro to work on this. If needed, we would not mind including some changes in the proposed alignment," said Parveen Kumar, administrator, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).
HUDA sources said if introducing more stations in the proposed alignment means compromising with speed (105km per hour) to some extent, they would not mind that either.
If the nature of operation of the line does not match with the existing airport Metro network, it will then become a separate line. One would have to change the train at Dwarka 21, said sources in Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
According to the detailed project report (DPR) submitted to Haryana government, the travel time between Dwarka and Gurgaon would be about 14 minutes with stoppages at three stations.
"This extension is highly necessary as this will provide better connectivity between Gurgaon and Dwarka, Gurgaon and New Delhi and Gurgaon with Central Delhi," said a DMRC spokesperson.
According to the DPR , 14% of airport-bound traffic are from Gurgaon and roads connecting Gurgaon with Delhi cannot carry more than 8,000 vehicles. per hour per direction.
Soon, baby changing room on metro line
The Airport Express Metro will soon become more commuter-friendly with plans to add baby changing facilities. The concessionaire company has decided to start a baby changing room at the concourse level of New Delhi and Shivaji Stadium stations.
"This will be the first time in India that Metro or any mass rapid transport system will have baby changing rooms for commuters' comfort and convenience. This move will not only benefit commuters, but also transit passengers and flyers travelling with their babies," said a spokesperson of the concessionaire company.
The Airport Metro is also the only Metro service in the country that provides free drinking water to its commuters.