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Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) is planning to finalise the route of an automated people mover (APM) project for providing seamless transit facility to airport users between the various terminals of Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI Airport).
The IGI Airport, which is considered as the world’s 12th busiest hub, will have “air train” in a few years time which will connect the terminals as well as Aerocity metro, the hotel district close to the airport.
The air train will have four stations, including one at the cargo terminal to provide seamless connectivity with Delhi Metro lines. The airport operator DIAL is currently working on financing the “automated people mover” (APM) project, expected to cost Rs 2,000-2,500 crores.
Sources said that the project is likely to be ready in three to four years. DIAL had first announced the air train plan in 2016 and had said it would be in place by the end of 2020. This project was getting delay due to delay in the expansion projects of IGI Airport. The current annual passenger handling capacity of IGI’s T1, T2 and T3 are about 2 crores, 1.2 crores, and 3.4 crores, respectively.
It is pertinent to mention here that with T1’s capacity of 2 crores on one end and T2 and T3’s combined capacity of 3.6 crores on the other, lakhs of transit travelers even at present rush between these terminals on busy roads.
The DIAL officials said that the expansion of T1 and T3, along with the fourth runway and elevated taxi track, will be complete by mid of 2022. After the completion, there will be greater transit passenger flow between T1 and T3/T2.
“T2 is expected to be demolished in 2024 and in its place terminal T4 would be built in two phases by 2028,” said DIAL official.
The air train route will cover a distance of 5.1km which will be underground between T1 and Aerocity. From there to T3, the route will be mostly elevated. It will have four stations namely T1, Aerocity, cargo terminal and a common terminal for T1 and T2/T4.
This article first appeared on urbantransportnews.com
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