World Class Metro for Delhi Airport
If you are in Delhi then whether or not you are flying by Air, a travel on Delhi Metro will leave you mesmerized with its world class perfection. Costing just Rs. 80 ( About $2) between the New Delhi Railway station, it takes just over 20 minutes as the train travels through the three intermediate stations between New Delhi and Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Although Metro has been in operation at other places in Delhi, the one between the New Delhi Railway Station an the New Delhi Railway Station is less crowded. The seats were vacant, when StarredReviews correspondent visited Metro to travel between the Airport and the New Delhi Railway Station.
A front LCD Display gives you information as the the train passes through the intermediate stations. The metro sevice that starts from New Delhi, actually goes beyond Airport to Dwarka Sector 21. The residents of Dwarka Sector 21 and those around it, can use the metro service to commute to and fro from New Delhi Railway Station.
The trick of using the Metro between the New Delhi Railway station and the Intra Gandhi Airport, is to keep the luggage to minimum. If you are flying alone and if you have two lighter luggage, you should be good to go.
The Metro has the following station in that order
1. New Delhi Railway Station
2. Shivaji Stadium
3. Dhaula Kuan
4. Delhi Aerocity
5. Indira Gandhi International Airport
6. Dwarka Sector 21
The Stations at Dhaula Kuan and the Delhi Aerocity was not found to be operational when starredreviews made a visit in May 2011.
Technically the metro is called “Delhi Airport Metro Express” – DAME and operated by the Delhi Airport Metro Express Pvt. Limited (DAMEL). The Delhi Airport Metro Express Pvt. Limited is a subsidiary of Reliance Infrastructure. The Delhi Airport Metro Express started its operation on Feb 23, 2011. Built at a cost of Rs. 2885 Crores, the metro has a total length of 22.7 km.
Currently the Delhi Airport Metro services operate at 20 minutes of interval leading to an average wait time of 10 minutes. The present operating time is 5 AM in the morning to 11 in the night. It is expected that the Metro will be eventually made to operate 24 hours. Since most of the international flights arrive late in the night, it is imperative that the Metro be operated in late hours of night as well.
Your baggage will have to pass through a security detector and X Ray. Tickets can be purchased at the station ( Rs 80 for Airport to New Delhi Railway Station). Once you purchase the ticket you will be given a token. You can use the token by placing it on the top of a token detector before the entering station to enter the train. At the exit station you will have to drop the token inside a socket that will open the gates as you come out of the station.
1. Delhi Metro Express provides the latest schedules, Maps and information.