New Delhi: Delhi Metro`s Airport Express,
the country`s first corridor to come up on Public-Private-
Partnership mode, will roll out for public on Wednesday, turning
Delhiites` dream of a hassle-free ride to the Indira Gandhi
International Airport into a reality.
Central Industrial Security Force, which will guard the
line, completed the deployment of its 400 personnel today on
the 23-km corridor and conducted anti-sabotage and other
mandatory operations so that the services can start tomorrow.
As the commercial operations begin from 2 PM without much
fan fare, commuters will be able to get information about
train timings, its frequency and other details through a
dedicated helpline set up by the Delhi Airport Metro Express
Private Limited, the Reliance Infra-led consortium that will
operate the line.
The customer care number -- 30802080 -- will be
functional everyday from 6 AM to 10 PM, the operational hours
of the 23-km high-speed link that promises a roller-coaster
ride to commuters from Connaught Place in the heart of the
city to the new swanky Terminal-3 of the IGI airport.
Senior citizens and physically-challenged people can use
the customer care number to book wheel chair and other
facilities to ensure that they have a comfortable ride.
There will be no formal inauguration ceremony tomorrow
though the DAMEPL wants a formal inauguration which is
expected to take place sometime in March.
The first Airport Metro Express train will start its
journey from the New Delhi station at 2 PM and is expected to
reach the IGI Airport in 20 minutes with a stoppage at Shivaji
The high-speed link on which trains will initially run at
a speed of 105km per hour will open nearly five months after
it missed its original deadline of 2010 Commonwealth Games.
The line will begin operations with four operational
stations -- New Delhi, Shivaji Stadium, IGI Airport and Dwarka
Other two stations -- Dhaula Kuan and Delhi Aero City --
are expected to be ready by the time the formal inauguration
takes place, sources said.
However, passengers will not be able to check-in their
baggage at the stations as talks with Air India and other
private airlines are still on.
Sources said the facility will be available by the time
the formal inauguration takes place possibly in March.
Though the corridor will have a 16-hour run initially it
may be increased to 20 hours later.
With this, Delhi will join the league of few world cities
like London, Hong Kong, Seoul and Kuala Lumpur, which have a
high-speed link connecting the city with the International