New Delhi: The Capital will join a select
few cities in the world to have a high-speed link to the
airport with Delhi Metro`s most sensitive line likely to start
commercial operations from Wednesday, finally bringing the IGI
airport closer to the city.
If all goes well and CISF completes its deployment
process by Monday, the 23-km Airport Metro Express that
connects the city’s shopping hub of Connaught Place with the
new swanky Terminal-3 of the Indira Gandhi International
Airport will be opened to the public on Wednesday.
However, a formal inauguration of the high-speed link,
the first Metro corridor in the country to come up on the
Public-Private-Partnership mode, is likely to take place later
with sources indicating that high-profile dignitaries will be
invited for the function.
Both Delhi Airport Metro Express Private Limited
(DAMEPL), the Reliance Infra-led consortium that will run the
corridor and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said they
are hopeful that the Line will be begin operations on
Wednesday with four operational stations, New Delhi, Shivaji
Stadium, IGI Airport and Dwarka Sec-21.
"We are hopeful that the Line will be operational from
"The CISF deployment is likely to be over anytime now.
So in all probability the commercial operations will begin on
Wednesday", a DAMEPL source said.
Other two stations, Dhaula Kuan and Delhi Aero City,
are expected to be ready by the time the formal inauguration
takes place, the sources said.
With this, Delhi will join world cities like London,
Hong Kong, Seoul and Kuala Lumpur to have a high-speed link
connecting the city with the International Airport.
The Delhi Airport Line was completed in a record 27
Sources in the CISF said the deployment of its forces
on the high-speed corridor has been fast-tracked and it is
likely to be over in a day or two.
"We usually take two to three weeks to complete our
"So, it should be over in a day or two", the sources
When the commercial operations start on Wednesday,
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.