Friday, March 17, 2017

IGI to have 'air train' by 2020, says Jayant Sinha

In three years, transiting between the different terminals of IGI Airport (IGIA) will mean simply hopping on a dedicated air train that will keep going around T1, 2 and 3 -- instead of taking a bus to commute between them.
Aviation minister Jayant Sinha on Thursday told Parliament that Delhi International Airport Pvt Ltd (DIAL) proposes to have an automated people mover (APM) between its terminals by 2020.
TOI had first reported this on February 24, 2016.
The master plan, 2016, (for IGIA) contains a provision for APM for connecting all the terminals of the airport. Total length of the proposed APM alignment is 5.5 km, out of which 1.5 km is underground whereas 4-km portion is elevated," Sinha said in Lok Sabha on Thursday.
According to sources, the average cost of each km of under and overground metro line is up to Rs 500 and Rs 200 crore, respectively. So a 4-km over and 1.5-km underground line should cost about Rs 1,550 crore.
"The master plan recommends this facility to be available by year 2020... DIAL has already taken steps for exploring all technical possibilities for providing the APM facility in consultation with Delhi Metro Rail Corp (DMRC)," the minister said.
TOI has learnt that DIAL has held initial consultations with a New York-based firm. Based on that, the plan is to have four stations for its air train - at T1; Aerocity (the hospitality district); cargo terminal and a common one for T3 and T2/4.
However, the plan will soon be formalised. "The design, project cost and other details etc are finalised during the finalisation of the major development plan in compliance with the operation, management and development agreement (OMDA)," Sinha added.
16/03/17 Saurabh Sinha/The Times Of India