Next Metro phase will provide a link to IGIA domestic terminal


Next Metro phase will provide a link to IGIA domestic terminal

In Phase-III, the Delhi Metro will stretch its network to domestic terminal on the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Once complete — the deadline is 2016 — the new Metro link will connect to Terminal 1, both arrival and departure sections.

The Airport Express Link, the high-speed Metro starting from New Delhi railway station, connects to IGIA's Terminal 3, which is used by international and premium domestic airlines.

The proposed underground Metro corridor will fall on the Janakpuri West-Kalindi Kunj-Botanical Garden segment. The Delhi Metro has proposed four interchanges on this 21-km corridor to ensure that most parts of the city can benefit from the line.

The Janakpuri West interchange will connect to the Blue Line (Noida City Centre-Dwarka Sector 21).

Hauz Khas interchange will introduce the Yellow Line (Jahangirpuri-HUDA City Centre).

Kalkaji will be an interchange for Violet Line (Central Secretariat-Badarpur).

Botanical Garden interchange will connect commuters from Laxmi Nagar station till Noida.

Areas like Jamia Nagar, Okhla, Nehru Place, Greater Kailash, IIT, RK Puram and Munirka will have direct connectivity.

The maximum travel time to reach the domestic terminal will be 50 minutes — for those travelling from Vaishali (Ghaziabdad), Anand Vihar and Laxmi Nagar. Estimates say South Delhi commuters from areas like Kalkaji, Nehru Place, Hauz Khas and Munirka will be able reach Terminal 1 in 20 minutes.

Passengers from West Delhi (Punjabi Bagh West) can reach the airport in 30 minutes. While from North and Central Delhi via Vishwavidyala station, commuters can reach domestic terminal in 40 minutes.

From Noida, the direct connectivity from Botanical Garden will take around 35 minutes through the corridor.

The Delhi Metro is also looking at several technical feats through this link.

The IGD Airport Metro will have one of the longest station boxes measuring 369 metre. An average station box length is 260 metre.

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