February 23, 2011

Delhi opens airport rail link

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THE 23km rail link between the centre of New Delhi and its airport opened today. The line has six stations, with 16km of the route underground and 7km elevated. Trains will run at a maximum speed of 120km/h to achieve an 18-minute journey time between the city centre and the airport.
delhi_airport_train.jpgThe Rs 57 billion ($US 1.26 billion) public-private partnership project has been completed in 27 months. Delhi Metro Rail Corp was responsible for civil works, while a consortium of Reliance Infra, India, and CAF, Spain equipped the railway and will operate it for 30 years under a revenue-sharing scheme. This is the first time a private consortium has operated an urban railway in India.

Three stations have check-in facilities for airline passengers, and half a coach in each six-car train is reserved for baggage.

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