Delhi Metro airport line off to a flying start (Lead)

February 23rd, 2011 - 11:26 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) A total of 2,000 people travelled on Delhi Metro’s airport line service Wednesday, the first day of operations of the service that will take commuters from the New Delhi railway station to the international airport in 20 minutes flat.”The overall footfall in the airport express line was recorded 2,000 till 8 p.m. and the most crowded stations were the New Delhi railway station and Dwarka Sector 21,” a Delhi Metro source said.

The 23-km airport express line’s maiden commercial operations started at 2 p.m. and the train reached Dwarka Sector 21 after crossing four stations.

Built at a cost of about Rs.5,700 crore, the line has six stations — New Delhi Railway Station, Shivaji Stadium, Dhaula Kuan, Delhi Aero City, Indira Gandhi International Airport and Dwarka Sector 21.

“The line commenced operations 2 p.m. today (Wednesday). We expect more footfall Thursday as operations will start from 6 a.m. to continue till 10 p.m. As of now, we are plying four to six trains and the frequency is 20 minutes, which will be increased later,” the source added.

According to Delhi Airport Metro Express Pvt Ltd (DAMEPL), the fare ranges between Rs.20 and Rs.100.

The journey from New Delhi railway station to the airport will cost Rs.80, and from the railway station to Dwarka Sector 21 will cost Rs.100.

The Metro link missed three deadlines — Oct 3, Oct 31 and Dec 31 — set by Delhi Metro and the urban development ministry. The trains will run at 105 km per hour.

Each coach has LCD screens showing flight information for the convenience of travellers while half the compartment of every six-coach train is reserved for luggage.

Delhi Metro is responsible for the civil work and Reliance Infrastructure will operate the line for 30 years and share the revenues.

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