Walk from Delhi Metro to Terminal-1 to be a breeze | Delhi News

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NEW DELHI: From December, Delhi Metro commuters won’t have to trudge between the domestic terminal of Indira Gandhi International Airport and the train station through busy traffic. A dedicated 370m subway constructed by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will seamlessly connect the Terminal-1 station of Magenta Line (Botanical Garden-Janakpuri West) with the departure and arrival terminals.

Apart from escalators and elevators, the subway will have travelators so that passengers don’t have to walk all the way. This will be the first subway in the city to have travelators.
A DMRC spokesperson said, “The pedestrian subway is nearing completion and is expected to be ready by the year-end. Commuters travelling to and from the airport will be able to directly enter and exit the Metro station using the subway that has lifts and escalators. The subway has been constructed using the cut-and-cover technology, which was an engineering challenge as very hard rocks were encountered during excavation work.”
The subway will connect the airport terminals with Gate 3 of the Metro station. “There will be two entry and exit points, one each at the arrival and departure terminals of the airport, with two escalators and two elevators, along with a staircase. The elevators will be more spacious than the usual ones with a capacity of carrying 26 people,” said the spokesperson.
The extension work of arrival and departure sheds by Delhi International Airport Ltd at the subway’s entry and exit is in progress. The eventual opening of the subway for passenger movement will depend on the completion of this work.
Though IGI’s domestic terminals were put on the Delhi Metro map in May 2018 when Magenta Line opened, the travelling experience did not equal Airport Express Line, which was seamlessly connected to Terminal-3. Due to lack of seamless connectivity at the domestic terminal, passengers have to walk along with their luggage through a pathway across a road amid busy traffic.
To give them safe passage as of now, DMRC has installed adequate signage and constructed a tiled pathway between the station and the airport terminals.
Though planned earlier, the subway couldn’t open along with Magenta Line as its construction couldn’t be completed due to IGI’s expansion plans. DMRC wanted the location of the subway to be in sync with the domestic terminals post expansion. The subway was expected to open in mid-2019, but the deadline was later extended to the year-end. The second deadline was also missed and, subsequently, the Covid-19 outbreak hampered the work further this year.
Though DMRC didn’t specify the exact reason for delay in the project, sources said that civil work was almost complete, but it was taking time to put in place some technical systems.



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