Sunday, May 8, 2011

The New Delhi Airport Express link opens with check in facility

In my last article (CLICK HERE) about the New Delhi Airport Express link I had mentioned that this is going to be one of its kind in India. It missed its deadline in Sept 2010 and finally opened in Feb 2011. The reviews have been good if not great and there are many plans drawn to improve the experience of this express link.

It is beyond doubt that this is helping a lot of commuters who want to reach the airport from the heart of the city or Delhi-Gurgaon expressway area (NH-8). This train connects the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in 18 minutes and the train runs with a speed of 135 km/hr. The total length = 22.7 km of which 15.7 km is underground and the rest elevated.

From the NEW DELHI RAILWAY STATION to the airport the cost is Rs.80/- and upto Dwarka Sector 21 is Rs.100/-. The frequency is 20 minutes and it runs from 5 am to 11 pm.

And finally, one can check in luggages at New Delhi Station and Shivaji Stadium. For more, one can visit this site of Delhi Airport express.

Remember: If you are a person who drives on Delhi's roads you would better appreciate the massive importance this link would give you instead of taking 45-60 minutes to reach the airport from the heart of the city through road.

The stations also show the flight timings. These stations are guarded by Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF). This was done after hectic discussions with Ministry of Home Affairs.

Flip side:

1) Sign boards need to be improved.
2) Check in counters are less in number
3) Ridership is 8000 per day which is low compared to the intended capacity.