Work on Delhi Metro’s Airport Express Line extension is going on at full momentum. On completion, this will provide better and faster connectivity in the interior pockets of Dwarka. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) further said that the extension will also bring down the travel time between central and southwest Delhi significantly.
Airport Express Line at present connects New Delhi railway station with Dwarka Sector-21. However, once the work on the extension corridor is complete, it will add one more station to the network. This will provide connectivity to the upcoming exhibition-cum-convention center.
As senior officials clarified, the work on the new station had begun in mid-2018. However, they emphasized the fast pace at which it is moving since the past half-month. Given this speed of work, they said, the work on the station will end by 2021 and it will become operational in the first quarter of 2022 under Delhi Master Plan and Land Pooling Policy.
The plan is to construct an underground station within the ECC Central Complex and connect the two with the help of a subway. With regards to the method of construction being used, a DMRC spokesperson said they are working with ‘cut and cover’ method for the construction of the subway.
Cut and cover method includes the process of first excavating a section of the earth and then covering it again with an overhead support system once the work is complete.
The length of the Airport Express Line will stand at 24.4 km once the extension corridor is complete.
People from all over Delhi will find the new state-of-the-art convention center within easy reach once the new metro station coming up inside its precincts is ready. And the station will not only be a boon for the people visiting the convention center. It will also provide better connectivity to the residents of neighboring areas. Apart from people living in sector-25, sector-24, 26, 28 and 29 residents can also count on the new station for saving their commute time.
Once the extension corridor is ready, locals living in Bharthal, Pochanpur and Bamnoli villages will also be able to reach the metro very quickly. At present, people living in these parts have to rely on feeder and services to reach the metro.
Delhi Metro officials are hopeful that the rising footfall at the convention center because it offers facilities to host large-scale seminars, meetings, and exhibitions, will lead to more people traveling on the Airport Express Line. As a matter of fact, last September, Prime Minister Modi himself took the Airport Express Line to reach and inaugurate the convention center.
As one official pointed out, it took only 18 minutes for him to cover the entire journey from Dwarka to Dhaula Kuan.