Soon the problems that NCR flyers face are going to vanish as Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is going to directly connect the terminals of domestic airport with its metro rail network. The phase-3 of the metro network expansion is going across the national capital region and under the project is the proposed route of Janakpuri West (Delhi) to Botanical Garden (Noida). The new route will have a station at Terminal 1 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport and the station would be connected with arrival as well as departure terminals of domestic airport with walkators.
The metro station at Terminal 1 will be an underground station and will be longer as compared to other underground stations, mainly to accommodate more passengers during peak time. The station will have five entry/exit points. A DMRC spokesperson said, “The station box will be among the longest, having a length of 312.2m. Normally, underground stations are around 260m long. The station will have five entry/exit points. There will be two subways and another entry will cater to Mehram Nagar that is an adjacent residential area. The fourth entry/exit point will be near the police station and the fifth just before the ramp to the departure area of the airport.”
DMRC has made several changes in the designing of underground metro stations for its phase 3 expansion project. The airport metro station will have a bright interior and lighting will be specially designed to bring the station to life, spokesperson added. Ceramic tiles and granite will be fitted in station to feature colourful patterns. On the side panels of entry/exit structures, ancillary buildings and chiller plants, glazed ceramic jali work would be done for better ventilation and lighting. Along with the tiles and jali work, the interiors of underground stations would be fitted with fireproof screen-printed glass panels and the artwork would be laminated for lasting effect and durability.
Currently, the Delhi airport is connected through Airport Express line that runs from New Delhi Railway Station to Dwarka Sector-21. The fastest metro – Airport Express line provides required connectivity to passengers, but its location does not solves the actual problem. As the nearest metro stations are IGI Airport (Terminal T-3) and Delhi Aerocity, commuters need to take feeder bus to reach Delhi Aerocity metro station. Terminal T-3 handles all international flights along with fewer domestic flights while Terminal 1D handles all domestic flight operations. Around 30,000 passengers ply in and out of Terminal 1D and direct connectivity to the terminal would cut the burden of taking a ride on feeder buses on them.
The metro line is scheduled to be operational by the end of the year 2016 while DMRC would being trial runs from September.