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Air train’ plan to connect IGI terminals set to take off

March 28, 2019 07:08 AM


Air train’ plan to connect IGI terminals set to take off
Stations Likely To Be Linked With Metro

New Delhi:

Transiting between the various terminals of IGI Airport, the world’s 12th busiest hub, will become a breeze in a few years’ time, with the airport operator finalising the route of an “air train” connecting the terminals as well as Aerocity, the hotel district close to the airport.

The train will have four stations, including one at the cargo terminal, which are also expected to provide seamless connectivity with Metro lines. Delhi International Airport Pvt Ltd is currently working on financing the “automated people mover” (APM) project, expected to cost Rs 2,000-2,500 crore.

DIAL didn’t give a date for the project’s completion but it is likely to be ready in three to four years. This fits in with the timeline for IGIA’s other expansion projects. DIAL had first announced the air train plan in 2016 and had said it would be in place by 2020.

The project was deferred due to the hugely delayed expansion of IGIA. The current annual passenger handling capacity of T1, T2 and T3 is 2 crore, 1.2 crore and 3.4 crore, respectively. With T1’s capacity of 2 crore on one end and T2 and T3’s combined capacity of 3.6 crore on the other, lakhs of transit travellers even at present rush between these terminal on busy roads.

DIAL says the expansion of T1 and T3, along with the fourth runway and elevated taxi track, will be complete by mid-2022. Once this happens, there will be greater transit passenger flow between T1 and T3/2. “T2 is expected to be demolished in 2024 and in its place terminal T4 would be built in two phases by 2028,” the airport operator said.

The 5.1km-long air train will be underground between T1 and Aerocity. From there to T3, the train will be mostly elevated. It will have four stations — T1, Aerocity, cargo terminal and a common terminal for T1 and T2/4.

“With the fast growing passenger traffic across three passenger terminal buildings, there is a need to have a seamless commuting mechanism for inter-terminal passenger movement. This is also in line with (guidance from) the (aviation) ministry and other government agencies as well. Hence, DIAL has approached the world’s leading APM providers to explore the same. The route alignment has been finalised and various technologies from Europe and Asia are being explored by involving different agencies to assess the feasibility of the project,” a DIAL spokesman said.

Asked why the project, which was supposed to be ready in 2020, got so much delayed, the spokesman said: “DIAL has been proactively working to bring the safest and most passenger friendly APM solution. Since we have involved global leading companies from Europe and Japan, evaluating different technologies is taking some time. Further, the capital investment is significant. Hence, we are exploring various models for developing the APM, including low cost financing.

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