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Delhi Metro’s Airport Express Line gets longer, to cover more of Dwarka, ET Infra


NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the extension of the Airport Express Line from Dwarka Sector 21 to Yashobhoomi Dwarka Sector 25 on Sunday. Passenger operations at the new station will begin at 3pm that day.

With Yashobhoomi being developed as India’s largest exhibition and convention centre capable of hosting major international conferences and expos, the new metro station will ease access to the complex. The addition of this section has taken the total length of the Airport Express Line to 24.9km.

The Yashobhoomi Dwarka Sector 25 station has three subways, one of which, a 735-metre-long corridor connects the station with the exhibition halls, convention centre and the central arena of the complex. Another links the entry and exit across the Dwarka Expressway, while the third takes you to the foyer of the prospective exhibition halls coming up in the second phase of the Yashobhoomi project.

“This 735m underground corridor provides a seamless, safe, reliable, efficient and smooth connectivity between the metro station and the Yashobhoomi complex and its central arena,” said a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation official on Friday. “The subway is equipped with eight escalators, four lifts and amenities such as CCTV surveillance, full-height platform screen doors, public announcement system, etc.” He added that printed glasses were fixed on the walls to enhance the aesthetics of the subway.

The urban train company was assigned the work of expanding the metro link by the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), added a DMRC official. The new metro station is an underground facility which is now directly connected with important transit landmarks of the city, including Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport and New Delhi Railway station.

Apart from providing a link to the convention centre, the new station will provide train access to the residents around Sector 25 of Dwarka as well as the new sectors along Dwarka Expressway in neighbouring Gurgaon. “Residents of these areas will be able to reach central Delhi in about half an hour,” claimed an official.

Eight trains of six coaches each will run on the line between Dwarka Sector 21 and Yashobhoomi Dwarka Sector 25. The trains will be available at a frequency of 10 minutes on this section.

The operational speed of metro trains on the Airport Express Line is the fastest in DMRC’s network, at current being 110 kmph but to go up to 120 kmph in the future. The journey from New Delhi station to Yashobhoomi Dwarka Sector-25 will take around 21 minutes at a speed of 120 kmph.

A parking facility is available at the Yashobhoomi Complex for the general public near Gate No. 2, which will be operated by the staff of the convention hub.

  • Published On Sep 16, 2023 at 08:22 AM IST

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