By March next year, domestic Terminal 1 of Indira Gandhi International airport would get direct Metro connectivity.
The domestic departure Terminal 1D and arrival Terminal 1C of the airport cater to budget carriers and see a footfall of approximately 1.75 lakh per day
However, the high-speed Airport Express Line, which connects the airport’s Terminal 3 with the city centre, doesn’t have a station near the domestic terminals. Passengers at present reach Delhi Aerocity station through shuttle services from the domestic terminals.
The Terminal 1 IGI Metro station is part of the Magenta Line (Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden) and is expected to be opened to passengers by March 2018.
The underground Metro station is coming up right across the road from the domestic terminals and, once completed, would be connected to the terminals through a subway.
“The subway would have travelators so that passengers with baggage don’t have to walk the distance. One exit of the subway would be near the arrival terminal while another exit would be close to the departure terminal,” said a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official.
The official said that while the civil structure of the subway would be constructed by DMRC, the travelators would be provided by the private airport operator Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL).
It is, however, likely that the subway with travelators might not become operational when the Metro station is commissioned. “DIAL is carrying out expansion of the domestic terminals and we want the subway to be perfectly integrated with the planned expansion of the terminals. That is why the opening of the subway might take some more time after the station opens,” the official said. “The excavation work for the subway is going on but we haven’t started construction at the moment for this reason,” he said.
The station — on the Magenta Line — would bring the domestic terminals of the IGI Airport closer not only to west Delhi but also many parts of south Delhi and Noida.
The DMRC official said that the décor, ambience and art installations inside the station have been planned keeping in mind the ambience of the airport. “The overall theme of the station is going to be nature and we have peacocks, lotus flowers, ponds etc. to depict that. One of the columns inside the station would also be shaped like a tree,” he said. Read more