`Airport Express Line to be extended till Gurgaon`

High-speed Airport Express Line will be extended up to Gurgaon providing a faster link to the people of the capital to reach the satellite city, Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan said on Tuesday.

Updated: May 03, 2011, 22:37 PM IST

New Delhi: High-speed Airport Express Line
will be extended up to Gurgaon providing a faster link to the
people of the capital to reach the satellite city, Delhi Metro
chief E Sreedharan said on Tuesday.

The 14-km link connecting the Indira Gandhi
International Airport with Gurgaon will be part of the
Phase-III and is likely to be implemented through the
Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model.

It will provide a faster link for the capital`s
denizens to reach Gurgaon in just 35 minutes.

Though a final decision has not been taken on who will
execute the project, Sreedharan gave hints that the Reliance
Infra-led consortium, which is operating the existing Airport
Line, could be awarded the contract.

"The terms and conditions will be the same as the
Airport Line. If they agree to it, then it will be fine.

Otherwise, we have think of someone else," he said.
Sreedharan said the Delhi Metro`s Phase-III will be
extended to another 140 km in the National Capital Region
connecting cities like Faridabad and some areas in Noida and
Ghaziabad.

Besides the corridors in Delhi, the Badarpur-Faridabad
link, connecting either Vaishali or Dilshad Garden with
Ghaziabad and the Gurgaon-IGI Airport link will be taken up
under the Phase-III.

The Faridabad project has been cleared by the Urban
Development Ministry and the Uttar Pradesh Government is keen
on extending the Metro to Ghaziabad. But, a decision on
whether to extend from Dilshad Garden or Vaishali has to be
taken, he said.

He said the Phase-III is currently with the Empowered
Group of Ministers headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee
and the nod is likely to come in the next two months.

However, the Delhi Metro has got approval for the
small stretch connecting Central Secretariat with Mandi House
and work on the line will start in the next 60 days, he said.

"This line is important to decongest the Rajiv Chowk
station. So, we have already awarded the contract and work
will start soon," he said.

The Metro chief said the Phase-III corridors can see
trains running at an interval of 2 minutes as against the
current 2.5 minutes.

He said the Phase-III corridors will also see 9-coach
Metro trains, though initially they will have six-coach ones.

PTI