Starting 2 pm today, Airport Metro
The Airport Metro Express Line will see a quiet opening on Wednesday afternoon. Four stations on the 22.7-km corridor will open to the public at 2 pm sharp and train operations will start immediately after.
The first trains will start from the two terminating stations — New Delhi and Dwarka Sector-21 — and following trains will be available at a frequency of 20 minutes.
For the benefit of the commuters, customer facilitation agents will be deployed at the four operational stations — New Delhi, Shivaji Stadium, IGI Airport and Sector-21. There will also be signage at the two interchange stations — New Delhi and Sector-21 — that will integrate the high-speed link with the existing Metro network.
A customer care helpline number (011-30802080) will also be made operational from 2 pm. It will be open during the service hours of the link from 6 am to 10 pm.
At an inaugural fare of Rs 80, the high-speed network promises to transport passengers from New Delhi railway station to the IGI Airport in less than 20 minutes. The fare from Dwarka Sector-21 to IGI Airport, which is just one stop away, will be Rs 30. Commuters can also buy smart cards costing anywhere between between Rs 300 and Rs 1,500.
According to officials, the Metro service on the line will increase to 20 hours a day after a few days of operations. The formal inauguration is slated to be held in March, when all the stations on the corridor will be opened and baggage check-in facility will also be in place.
A total of six trains, procured from CAF, Spain, will be pressed into service on the corridor.