Dwarka to IGI part of Airport Metro line won’t open

In presentation to UD ministry,operator cites safety hazards and lack of passenger relevance to make the point.

Written by Priyanka Sharma | New Delhi | Published: September 20, 2012 12:42:10 am

In presentation to UD ministry,operator cites safety hazards and lack of passenger relevance to make the point

Operations between Dwarka Sector-21 and IGI Airport might not begin before the repair work on the entire corridor is complete.

Union Urban Development ministry had earlier asked the concessionaire,Delhi Airport Metro Express Private Limited (DAMEPL),to begin services between the two stations as no structural damage was detected here.

The concessionaire,in a presentation made to the ministry regarding starting of the operations between the two stations,said it is not feasible to start the operations in terms of safety,passenger relevance and on-going repair works.

The operator pointed out that the ridership,if the services resume between the two stations,will be as low as 1,000 commuters per day.

“The route relevance will be only for T3 airport employees staying at Dwarka. Operating hours for the airport employees is not fixed,which reduces the route relevance further. The footfall of passengers will be 1,000 per day,” it was said during the presentation.

Neeraj Jain,senior vice-president of DAMEPL,also said the opening of line is not permitted under the operating rules.

“Starting the portion of the line between Dwarka Sector 21 and IGI Airport is not permitted under the operating rules,as there will be work on at the adjoining sections,where the repair work is currently going on. The safety of the working personnel will be at risk in such an arrangement,” it was said.

The trial run in the Aerocity-airport section requires OCS to be energised beyond the tunnel section,which is a safety hazard for the working personnel on the viaduct,Jain said during the presentation.

The IGI Metro station falls between Aerocity and Dwarka Sector- 21 stations.

The operator pointed out that since Aerocity and IGI Airport is the most effected section,trial for vibration measurement needs to carried out. “The retro-fitment of competitors fastenings is proposed on the one of the tracks. This will conflict with the safety section for the operations of trains in Dwarka-IGI Airport,” Jain said.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said the concerns raised by the operator were irrelevant. “The issues brought out by DAMEPL were relevant only if the service ran upto the Aerocity station. If the services are upto the IGI Airport,there are no safety issue,” Director (Works) Jitendra Tyagi said.

The secretary UD ministry said he would undertake a joint inspection,along with DMRC and DAMEPL,between the two stations to review the situation.

“There is a lot of public pressure to start the train service. The authorities said they will help the concessionaire to increase the viability of services,” an official said.

Reliance Infra spokesperson refused to comment on the matter. “As the issue is under discussion it,will be unfair to comment on it,” he said.

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