Airport line on track for Sept opening
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Come September and Delhi residents will be able to reach the domestic airport from Connaught Place in 20 minutes flat.
Work on the 23-km long Airport Express Line, which will be operated by Reliance Infrastructure-led Delhi Airport Metro Express Limited (DAMEPL), will be completed by September, a month before the Commonwealth Games. Around 85 per cent of the work on the line is already over.
Once the line becomes operational, the national capital will join an elite club of cities like London, Hong Kong, Beijing and Bangkok, which have similar high-speed link to their respective airports.
Passengers will be able to buy air tickets and check in their baggage at the New Delhi and Shivaji Stadium Metro stations, which will resemble a mini airport.
The baggage will be loaded on the trains, which will have half a coach demarcated for the purpose, and will be offloaded at the Airport Metro station, from where they will be sent to the airport lounge via a dedicated underground tunnel.
Company sources said the plan for luggage-handling at the Metro stations will be carried out, despite fears of security threats. Almost all prominent airlines will set up counters at the Metro stations.
"The state government was not very happy with the initial proposal of carrying the luggage from the Airport Metro station to the airport lounge by road. We then decided to deliver the luggage through an underground tunnel," an official said.
Officials said the check-in counters at the Metro stations will be exactly like those at the airport. "We will look for
expansion of space when new airlines come up," the official said.
The trains on this line will be entirely different from the existing ones and will have in-built noise reduction features.