Saturday, September 25, 2010

AEL CS Line to be Opened Next Week

Delhi Metro’s two remaining sections Airport Express Line and Central Secretariat to Badarpur will be opened for public use next week. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is in the process of getting the mandatory certification from Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS). The two lines will become operational soon, marking the completion of Phase II of Delhi Metro construction. Two stations on the Airport Express Line, however, will not open before the Commonwealth Games.

According to sources, the 25-km long fast link to IGI airport will be inspected by CMRS on September 27 and 28. The concessionaire of the line, Reliance Infra, has submitted the necessary documentation and pre-work for the inspection. After the safety certification comes through, the line will be opened. ‘‘It is expected that the line will be opened within a day or two of the inspection. Two stations, Dhaula Kuan and Delhi Aerocity, will only be opened after the Commonwealth Games as construction of these is not complete yet,’’ said sources. The CMRS will also inspect the extension of Line 3 from Dwarka Sector 9 to Sector 21 on September 29, which will link Line 3 to Airport Line.

The Airport Link, which has a designed speed of 135kmph, will connect New Delhi Railway station (NDRS) and Dwarka sector 22 and stop at IGI on the way. It has three more designated stops at Shivaji Terminus, Dhaula Kuan and Delhi Aerocity. The line has been modeled on the Heathrow Express in London and the Hong Kong Metro airport link. The airline and baggage check-in counters are being provided at the NDRS, Shivaji terminus and Dhaula Kuan metro stations, which will also start after the Games.

As for the Badarpur line, construction on which has been paced up by DMRC, the corporation is in the process of completing documentation to submit to CMRS by this week. The inspection is expected to take place next week, around September 20-30, soon after which this line will also open. ‘‘The Badarpur line had the shortest time for construction and last minute finishing work is still going on at the stations and on the last three kms of the line from Sarita Vihar to Badarpur. It will open by next week,’’ sources said.

The 20.16-km line, which connects Commonwealth Games venues including JN Stadium, is expected to open for public use by September end cutting down travel time from Central Secretariat to Badarpur to just 40 minutes. It has stations at Central Secretariat, Khan Market, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Jangpura, Lajpat Nagar, Moolchand, Kailash Colony, Nehru Place, Kalkaji Mandir, Govindpuri, Okhla, Jasola, Sarita Vihar, Mohan Estate, Tughlaqabad and Badarpur.


Length | 22.7km (7km elevated, 15.7km underground) Stations | 6 (New Delhi Railway Station, Shivaji Terminus, Dhaula Kuan, Delhi Aerocity, IGI Airport and Dwarka Sector 21

Stations where baggage can be checked in | NDLS, Shivaji Terminus and Dhaula Kuan Journey time | 18 mins (from NDLS to IGI) Train speed | 135kmph Frequency | 10 mins in 2010, 6 mins by 2021

Maximum fare | 150 (Max up to IGI), 30 (IGI to Dwarka)
Monthly frequent flier pass | 2,000 up to IGI; 600 from IGI to Dwarka
Completion deadline | September 2010

Expected ridership | 42,500 by 2010; 86,000 by 2021
Construction cost | 3,800 crore (approx) Business model | Public-private partnership (PPP) with DMRC eveloping the civil structures