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Reliance Infrastructure-run Delhi Airport Metro Express line. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint (Hemant Mishra/Mint)
Reliance Infrastructure-run Delhi Airport Metro Express line. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint
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Delhi Airport Metro to resume operations tomorrow

Trains will run at a drastically reduced speed of 50 km per hour

New Delhi: After being shut for six months, the Reliance Infrastructure-run Delhi Airport Metro Express line will resume services on Tuesday, but at reduced speeds.

The 23km corridor that connects Connaught Place with Terminal-3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport, which will begin operations at 5.30am on Tuesday morning, will see trains running at a top speed of 50km per hour against 105km per hour earlier, increasing the commute time from 18-20 minutes to 30-35 minutes.

The Airport Express Line had been shut for repairs on 8 July 2012, and the resumption comes after commissioner of metro rail safety R.K. Kardam, who inspected the corridor last week, gave the green signal to services at the reduced speed.

The speed will be increased gradually after periodic inspections by the Delhi Metro authority.

“...Airport Express Line would run daily from 5.30am to 11.30pm at a frequency of 15 minutes. Reliance Metro has made arrangements to provide seamless connectivity for Terminal-1 passengers to Aerocity station through shared cab and shuttle bus services," a spokesperson for Reliance Infrastructure said.

Check-in and baggage facilities for both international and domestic passengers will not be available for the time being.

As a promotional initiative on Tuesday, passengers will be able to travel for 30 between any two destinations along the corridor. Fares on the Airport Express Line range from 20 to 100.

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