New Delhi: Delhi Metro is gearing up to extend its highspeed Airport Express Line corridor deeper into Dwarka. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will soon start construction of an underground stretch that would extend the corridor — from the present New Delhi metro station to Dwarka Sector 21 — to Dwarka Sector 25 and link it with the upcoming exhibition cum convention centre (ECC) in Sector 25.
DMRC has floated tenders to procure 36 coaches, which will result in six extra trains for the high-speed corridor, when the services are extended to Dwarka Sector 25. The trains would be standard gauge with a top speed of 132 kmph.
Since the new coaches are different from the usual coaches, DMRC won’t be able to use them from its existing network for the Airport Express Line. DMRC had invited open e-tenders from agencies on international competitive bidding basis for design, manufacture, supply, testing, commissioning and training of 36 standard gauge cars for Airport Metro Express project.
“The Airport Express Line will be extended to the ECC, which is being planned in Dwarka Sector 25. The extension is 1.7 km from Dwarka Sector 21 station,” said Anuj Dayal, executive director (corporate communication), DMRC. “An underground station is planned inside the ECC complex with its connectivity to the convention centre through subways. The detailed project report for the proposed extension has been approved by the government,” added Dayal.
Work on extending the Airport Express Line to Dwarka Sector 25 is set to start soon and will cost around Rs 310 crore. At present, the high-speed Airport Express Line connects New Delhi station to Dwarka Sector 21 station, with four stations in between — Shivaji Stadium, Dhaula Kuan, Delhi Aerocity and IGI Airport (Terminal 3).
The underground ECC station will be connected to the line through a tunnel, which will be constructed through the ‘cut and cover’ method. DMRC expects to complete the project within two-and-a-half-years once construction begins.
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