Reliance Infra starts Delhi Metro airport service
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has flagged-off its Airport Express Line that connects Delhi Airport T3 Terminal with the city, cutting down the travel time from 90 minutes to 20 minutes for the 23-km journey. Reliance Infrastructure-led concessionaire Delhi Airport Metro Express Pvt Ltd (DAMEPL) who is responsible for development, operation and maintenance of the Express Line has completed the project in 27 months. This is the first metro service in the country to be built under PPP model.
The DAMEPL concessionaire, with 95% share of RInfra and rest by Spanish firm CAF, will be operating the line for 30 years and share the revenue apart from license fee. The approximate project completion cost is Rs5700 crore (including Rs2800 crore invested by concessionaire).
Lalit Jalan, CEO and Whole time Director, Reliance Infrastructure Ltd., said, “We take pride to have executed and commissioned country’s first Airport Express. With its technology and design, the Airport Express will meet the pressing need for fast, convenient and cost effective mode of travel that connects the City to Airport T3 terminal. The Airport Express is Rinfra’s signature project which will place Delhi in league of global cities, sporting new world infrastructure.”
The Airport Express connects – New Delhi, Shivaji Stadium, Dhaula Kuan, Delhi Aerocity, IGI Airport and Dwarka Sector 21. Of the total of 22.7 kms, the train will run underground for 15.7 km of the route and go on to elevated track for the rest of 7 kms.
Currently, the services will operate at a frequency of 20 minutes. The check in service is expected to start shortly.
The Airport Express trains which will run at the speed of 120 kmph are imported from CAF, Spain.